Social distancing is becoming routine on Martha’s Vineyard as social service agencies adjust to the coronavirus pandemic Food service agencies are readjusting.
With an Islandwide shutdown beginning to weigh on the Vineyard’s most vulnerable residents, volunteers are needed during the coronavirus emergency.
People on Martha’s Vineyard are receiving food aid in numbers that local agencies have never seen before. In January the Island Food Pantry served more than 1,000 Vineyard residents.
After seeing such a dramatic increase in need at the Food Pantry — our attendance numbers increased 70% in the last half of 2019, my wish for the next decade is that the Island Food Pantry is no longer quite so relevant by 2030!
I sat with Mike Barnes over a cup of coffee at the Black Dog Cafe because I had heard he was doing some interesting volunteer work with the Island Food Pantry, and I wanted to find out more about it. Barnes spent the next five minutes telling me about ...
Radio storytelling took the stage on Friday and Saturday nights, when performance artist Dan Froot brought his acclaimed Pang! to the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.
The new director of the Island Food Pantry has found the work she has always wanted to do.
There are many misconceptions about food insecurity. “It’s not synonymous with starvation,” Kayte Morris, executive director of the Island Food Pantry, said. “It really comes down to not knowing how you’re going to fill the cupboards for the week, or w...
More than two dozen Island nonprofits are sharing $173,092 in grants awarded Tuesday night by the Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard.
When the early October nor’easter canceled ferry service two days in a row, the Island Food Pantry panicked. “We usually get a mountain of produce from Elio [Silva] at Vineyard Grocer,” Island Food Pantry executive director Kayte Morris told The Times...
On any given Saturday morning, the basement of the Stone Church in Vineyard Haven is a frenzy of activity.
The Food Equity Network is an informal coalition of volunteers, social service agencies, faith communities and other nonprofits working together since the fall of 2016.
Cape Cod 5 is giving a $7,500 grant to the Island Food Pantry to support their work during the high-demand winter months.
This is a story about making meatballs and feeding people with something we all probably have a lot of in our backyard -- from an animal that could be
As federal budget paralysis hits Vineyarders, the Food Pantry, banks, and Mocha Mott’s throw lifelines.
Island Food Pantry is one of the ways Islanders help to alleviate hunger.
The winter months on Martha’s Vineyard can be a particularly vulnerable time for many Island residents. As job opportunities diminish and heating bills rise, the challenges of obtaining affordable, healthy food also increase. Last year the Island Food ...
Dad talks about how Island resources helped him make ends meet.
As the Island’s new community health nurse, West Tisbury native Lila Fischer said she is seeing the Vineyard in a whole new light.
To the Editor: After reading the article “Faces of Food Insecurity: ‘The issue is vegetables,’” I was again struck by the struggle facing so many Islanders. Fresh, healthy food is more expensive here than the mainland, and is yet another burden on top ...
Eating healthy is a costly proposition.
Eighty-year-old Island native raises three generations of children.
To the Editor: Rachel, you are not alone (Sept. 24, “Faces of Food Insecurity: ‘The issue is vegetables’”). The Greater Boston Food Bank reports 34 percent of those using pantries earn too much to qualify for government-provided emergency food assistance...
Martha’s Vineyard services help family scrape by.
Lack of off-season jobs and other issues factor into those who need help.
Every year Armen Hanjian gives a talk to the second graders at the Oak Bluffs School about the Island Food Pantry. One year, a little boy came up and asked him to autograph his hand.
To the Editor: Over the past several years, a downward trend has emerged. The peak number of families (be it one or more persons) served by the Island Food Pantry was 640; this followed the 2008-10 recession. This season we had 450 families.
The 19th Annual Spirit of the Vineyard Award was given to Armen and Vicky Hanjian on Monday morning at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center.
It was another busy year at the Island Food Pantry, a community-wide organization that feeds those in need. The year proved similar to last year; there were 2,405 visits, which fed 505 family units, including at least 250 children.
It was a tough winter on the Vineyard. One place where this was keenly felt was the Island Food Pantry.
“Tikkun olam” is a Hebrew phrase meaning to repair or heal the world. On Wednesday, a couple of dozen students from the Hebrew School at Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven did their part to make that a reality.
There are 71 of them and they come from all parts of the Island to help. They are the volunteers who help run the Island Food Pantry.