The Island Food Pantry errs on the side of generosity

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. “They go [off-Island] to pick up produce from their distributor every Friday, and they […]

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Faces of food insecurity: Project Bread

Think of food access in Massachusetts like one giant chain. Each link is represented by groups like the Island Food Pantry, the Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living, First Stop MV, and similar organizations across the state. Within each link or group, there’s subsequent programming — food pickup sites, community dinners, meal programs, etc. They say […]

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Faces of food insecurity: Grateful for the grapevine

John Chivers moved back to Martha’s Vineyard about two weeks ago. He’s lived here for eight years, but spent the past two months off-Island with his brother in Minnesota. Food insecurity is a complex issue, oftentimes linked to affordable housing, health problems, medical costs, and seasonal jobs. Chivers’ situation is also complicated, linked to all […]

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Faces of food insecurity: The caseworkers

This is part of an ongoing series about food insecurity. In the following piece, we take a look at the individuals working to combat the Island-wide issue. Throughout this series, we’ve heard a lot about SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP provides a monthly stipend card for qualified […]

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Faces of Food Insecurity: ‘The issue is vegetables’

This is part of a series describing the faces of food insecurity on Martha’s Vineyard. The subject’s name in the following article has been changed in order to maintain privacy. If single mother Rachel had bought back-to-school clothes and supplies for her kids this year, she wouldn’t have been able to afford food for the […]

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Faces of food insecurity: Age is only a number

Every month, Nancy Cook takes 2,000 recycled bottles and cans to the redemption center in Edgartown. In exchange, she brings home $100 to help offset the costs of feeding her family. Cook has full custody of her two great-grandchildren. She turns 81 this November. “I’ve raised three generations of children,” Cook said in an interview […]

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Faces of food insecurity on Martha’s Vineyard — an introduction

Summers soaked with shiny yachts and tourists by the thousands make it easy to overlook, or maybe not recognize at all, that there’s a significant number of hungry people living on Martha’s Vineyard. Food insecurity is no small thing. It has many levels, layers, and most important, faces. They’re your neighbors and friends. They go […]

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