Cape Abilities Participants are Giving Back

The opportunity to serve the community is something that our participants eagerly jump at! Recently, Cape Abilities Farm and members from our Community Based Day Supports (CBDS) Program partnered with the Barnstable County Cooperative Extension and the Elder Services of Cape Cod to source and distribute over 1,800 bags of locally grown produce. These bags went to food-insecure individuals and families on the Outer and Lower Cape, as well as home-bound seniors.

Our participants bring a service-oriented mindset to programs every day – and these efforts are an example of that.

“These partnerships have offered an immense opportunity to both our vocational and community based day supports programs,” said Cape Abilities Farm Manager Tracey Fraser. “Weekly preparation of bags of locally grown produce, and the delivery of groceries to individuals facing food insecurity, has reinforced the importance of community service and contributing to the well-being of our community at-large.”

Food insecurity is an increasing problem on Cape Cod, and our program participants are passionate about making a difference. Your donations to our programs and services support our participants, and also help to sponsor these types of special community projects.

“Individuals in our programs are working with both volunteers and staff to raise awareness and address hunger on Cape Cod. The program also heightens an awareness for individuals who work at the farm to understand how their daily work of growing produce makes a positive impact on the community.” said Fraser.

Speaking to that impact, the Orleans Homeless Prevention Council recently featured a profile of our participants’ work in their newsletter, with a note from a local resident who received a Cape Abilities produce bag delivery:

“Good morning. Just wanted to thank you very much for the food. I already have a soup going in the crockpot. All my kids love veggie and bean soup, and it is great for a couple meals, so we really appreciate it. Thank you.”

Cape Abilities staff, Mark Bartley and Dave Baron, and program participant, Robert Laporte, deliver food boxes to Elder Services of Cape Cod.

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