Thanks to the Yarmouth Community for being part of “Project Holiday” 2013. This Holiday Season we were able to help 29 Yarmouth families (68 children and 59 adults) who would otherwise have very little to celebrate. The Yarmouth Food Pantry gave out over 50 food baskets with turkeys and all the fixings.
– the First Parish Congregational Church
– St. Bartholomew Church
– the Lions Club
– Yarmouth Fire and Rescue’s Hats and Mittens collection
– the Girl Scouts
– over 20 individual residents and businesses
– all of the volunteers who helped with distribution
each of the families we helped had food on the table, something to keep them warm, and something to help keep the Holiday Spirit alive.
“Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors” (YCAN) was formed to bring the community together to help those residents who find themselves in need of assistance. Project Holiday is a shining example of what can happen when we all band together in a common cause. We are making a difference.
In order to streamline the process of getting information out to everyone about the needs of the YCFP, going forward there will be a list of 5 of the most needed items listed in the “Yarmouth” section of The Notes. Please read that publication for YCFP Needs and News.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this past Saturday’s Annual Post Office Food Drive. To all who gave food, collected the food, sorted, weighed and stocked the food, the YCAN Food Pantry wants to say “thanks.”
The YCAN Food Pantry is nondiscriminatory.
Over the past two years, the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry has assisted as few as 79 people in a month, and as many as 187. Since the number of people helped varies considerably from month to month, the chart below shows a 3 month average of the data to smooth things out a bit:
The need for assistance has grown fairly steadily over the past two years, culminating with an average of 160 people being helped each month for the last three months of 2012.
Thank you to all those who have contributed food, other items, funds, or time to help meet the needs of our community! The people visiting the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry, as well as those managing it, appreciate your help very much. We all look forward to both your continuing support and better economic times.
Sign up NOW at Yarmouth Town Hall to Stand In for Dick, Nat, Steve, or Ted during the Freeze Out on February 16/17.
Donations to the Yarmouth causes this supports (the Fuel Fund and Food Pantry) in the form of cash/checks and/or non-perishable food items are welcome at any time, including during the Freeze Out itself.
Click on the “About/Contact Us” link above for contact information if you have questions, or the “Want To Help” link for information about making donations.
Students at the Harrison Middle School recently completed a celebration of Geography Awareness Week. This year’s theme was Geography: An Adventure in Our Community. Students were involved in many activities throughout the week to help them improve their geographic literacy. In addition, they focus on a service learning project each year to demonstrate good citizenship.
The beneficiary of this year’s service project was the Yarmouth Community Food Pantry. The student body collected coins (nickels, dimes, and quarters) for five days to donate to the pantry. A check for $730 was presented to Pantry Manager Sue Rowe to help people in need in Yarmouth. Geography Awareness Week is an annual event sponsored by National Geographic throughout the country.