Coming Fall of 2021: Community Forum 4
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The Cape Cod Foundation and a panel of local experts will discuss the current needs, resources, and opportunities for community engagement and action on a variety of key topics.
“Mental and Behavioral Health” Across Cape Cod”
PRESENTED: June 17, 2021
The arrival of a vaccine and lower COVID-19 rates have given us renewed optimism. However, the pandemic has exacerbated the mental and behavioral health needs of Cape Cod residents, and its impact will be long-lasting. For many, social isolation, feelings of uncertainty, emotional and physical loss, and the inability to access care have increased over the past year. In addition, unemployment, loss of housing, and food insecurity have added to the psychological burden of residents across every age and demographic, especially our most vulnerable.
“Housing and Homelessness Across Cape Cod”
PRESENTED: April 15, 2021
The lack of affordable, diverse housing options on Cape Cod impacts every part of our community. Housing was a significant challenge prior to the pandemic, and the issue has been greatly exacerbated over the past year. Local housing agencies report increases of over 400% for financial assistance for housing.
“Food Security & Access Across Cape Cod”
PRESENTED: February 25, 2021
In 2018, Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap data indicated that 7.6% of the overall population in Barnstable County was food insecure. Eleven percent of our children fell into that estimate. Because of the pandemic, the national hunger-relief organization then predicted food insecurity among residents in our county would increase 50%. Over the past year, our local food pantries and food programs have reported 100%-300% increases in demand for services.
Kristin O’Malley, President and CEO, Cape Cod Foundation
Christine Menard, Executive Director, Family Pantry of Cape Cod: Co-Chair, Cape Cod Hunger Network
Tammy Leone, Executive Director, Cape Kid Meals
Maryanne Ryan, Director of Community Services, Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands
Together, we have invested more than $80 million in grants and scholarships in the Cape Cod Community. For good.
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