2015 Director's Report

Statistics from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015

  • 11,426 household visits to FSC. 
  • 46,420 bags distributed in 2015. 
  • 3,996 meals served at our Community Meals Program, Falmouth Eats Together.
  • 4,073 individuals received food through 1408 household visits to our FRESH MARKET Mobile Market at the Falmouth Public Schools and Way Point Academy – Cape Cod Collaborative School.
  • 154,530 cans valued at $1.72 per can equaled $265,792 donated by our community. BJ’s and Trader Joe’s donated food valued at $130,847. Together a total value of $396,639 in donated food was received in 2015.
  • Food Stamp and Fuel Assistance Appointments were available to clients an average of 10 hours weekly.
  • A program entitled Foods to Encourage expanded FSC’s movement toward healthy nutritious foods and wellness.  Clients with hypertension and diabetes were invited to enroll in a weekly program including blood pressure and glucose monitoring coupled with nutritious food demos and extra fresh fruits and veggies.  The program initially funded by Cape Cod Health Care & United Way is self-sustaining and has demonstrated marked improvements for clients.
  • FSC transitioned to a new cloud based database called OASIS. Retraining of volunteers is ongoing as the system is more detailed and will ultimately provide greater detailed data going forward. Individual clients currently (data brought forward from 2009) in our database total 12,347.  Those individuals live in 6,124 households.  Included in this overall number are 707 Mashpee households with a total of 1,740 individuals.

Financial Assistance and Homeless Prevention Services

In 2015, we provided $152,258 to 350 households (an average of $435 per household) and many others received support via the Case Management Housing Stabilization Program through a partnership with the Falmouth Housing Authority (employer)/Human Services and Housing Corporation. ($24,000 full year cost in FSC housing line item) This year the Cape Cod Times Needy Fund provided just under $40,000 to help us to serve Falmouth residents.

2015 Specific Household Assistance provided:

  • 83 electric bills
  • 42 Oil and gas bills 
  • 11 H2O bills
  • 148 housing support 
  • 14 medical bills
  • 36 transportation related 
  • 7 child care 
  • 7 misc. bills
  • 2 telephone

Volunteers and Staff 

Volunteers and staff continue to provide budget classes, individual financial consultation, nutrition education and cooking demonstrations.  Additionally SNAP, fuel assistance, MassHealth, as well as on-site medical and homeless outreach with the Community Health Center of Cape Cod and Community Action Committee continue to be provided to expand and sustain the safety net of services for our clients. WIC provides information and conducts enrollments in our lobby regularly.  Additionally, this year the WE CAN legal service consultations expanded to included financial empowerment and workforce support sessions here at FSC as well.  

450+ volunteers logged thousands of hours providing the heart of our service here at FSC. A new volunteer coordinator implemented many structural supports to enhance the volunteer experience and ultimately client services here at FSC.

Thanksgiving and Holiday Toys

In 2015, 643 households received complete turkey baskets here at FSC.  Additionally, we once again provided the kitchen, food, and some volunteer support to the Netto's Navigator dinner where another 1100+ individuals were fed on Thanksgiving Day.

In 2015, 352 families received toys for 727 children compared to 2014 when 468 families received toys for a total of 937 children.

Fresh Start

In 2015, 285 children received support from Fresh Start compared to 317 children in 2014.  

Major Accomplishments of FSC in 2015

In 2015/16 FY the FSC Board of Directors implemented their Strategic Plan.  Three major goals were established.  In 2015 all objectives were implemented and continue to be expanded and strengthened in 2016.

  • Reorganization of the staffing needs within the FSC structure better positioned FSC for future growth. A volunteer coordinator was hired and many structures put in place to support the volunteer force. The warehouse manager position was expanded to include operations oversight.
  • Creation of a Reserve Fund ensures the strength of FSC for decades to come.  An ad hoc reserve committee was established and charged with the creation of this fund and a policy for management.  The initial policy and the fund are both in place.
  • Outreach to populations in neighboring towns and within specific demographics who many not be currently receiving our services is continuing. Joint Base Cape Cod and military families began to be served via a mobile market in January 2016.