Fish for Families Program Continues Into 2016

fishing boatBARNSTABLE – The fishing industry is unpredictable and Cape fishermen know there are good days on the water and bad days.

The Cape Cod Fishermen’s Alliance and the Family Pantry of Cape Cod have been working to help out local families that are also having bad days and are struggling to put food on the table with the Fish for Families program.

The program, which began in 2014, provides fresh, locally-caught seafood to area families in need.

The Fisherman’s alliance continued the program this year with at least four fish distributions to not only the Family Pantry in Harwich, but also to the Falmouth Service Center and the Cape Cod Hunger network.

The program will also continue into 2016 so fisherman can continue to provide seafood for food insecure families.

Tom Smith, from the fishing vessel Sea Wolf which fishes for bluefish, said he enjoys being part of the program.

Smith volunteered at one of the distribution events at the pantry in Harwich.

“It was great to see the final destination of the fish,” Smith said. “It seemed like the fish was popular with the people at the pantry. I’m looking forward to doing it again.”

Chatham fisherman Doug Feeney, with the fishing vessel Noah, participated in the dogfish distribution last year.

“It’s a great program,” Feeney said. “It makes me feel good to give back to the community and help others.”

Donations to the program can be made online at Cape Cod fishermen dot org.

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