Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Falmouth Service Center open?

  • Monday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Thursday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Friday: 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

How do I get food? 

You are eligible to receive food from the Food Pantry at the Falmouth Service Center if you live or work in Falmouth or live in Mashpee or at Joint Base Cape Cod. You can come in to register at any time when we are open. Please bring in a document with your current address on it. (lease or piece of mail dated within last 30 days)

How do I make an appointment for food stamps or fuel assistance?

Food Stamps is now called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Learn more about SNAP or Request an Appointment to apply for assistance. Download the list of documents you will need to bring with you to the appointment.    

Fuel Assistance appointments start in mid-October each year. Learn more about Fuel Assistance.

I need financial assistance. How do I know if I qualify? 

The Falmouth Service Center is able to provide some limited financial assistance to Falmouth residents only that qualify. Learn more about FSC’s Financial Assistance Program. If you are NOT a Falmouth resident but are a resident of another Cape Cod town, call the Needy Fund at 508-778-5661 to see if they can assist you.

What can I donate to the Falmouth Service Center?

We Accept:

You can drop off donations at the back door during regular business hours only. Please drive your car around to the back of the building and ring the door bell where someone will meet you. Please do not leave goods when we are closed.  

We Cannot Accept:

  • Frozen or refrigerated food unless it has just been purchased that same day and you can provide a register receipt
  • Used toys -  you can bring used toys to the Swap Shop at the Falmouth dump. 
  • Any medical equipment (see below)

If you have clothing, small household items or furniture items, like lamps or small end tables, please see below for new donation information.

Do you have medical equipment that I can use or borrow?

The Falmouth Senior Center, located on Dillingham Avenue has taken back their Medical Equipment Program.  We can no longer accept returns of any medical equipment, nor do we have medical equipment to loan out. 

If you are a resident of Falmouth and you are in need of medical equipment, please contact the Falmouth Senior Center at 508-540-0196 to see if they have the item that you are looking for and someone will check on its availability.

Can I donate medical equipment? 

The Falmouth Senior Center, located on Dillingham Avenue has taken back their Medical Equipment Program.  We can no longer accept returns of any medical equipment nor any donations of medical equipment. Please note that if you wish to donate medical equipment, the Falmouth Senior Center is only accepting the following equipment in good, clean condition, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Wheelchairs, shower chairs and shower  benches and walkers.We are currently accepting wheelchairs and shower chairs only

Where should I bring my clothes donation - to the Falmouth Service Center or to the Hand in hand Thrift Shop?

We are currently accepting all clothing and household good donations at our new Hand in hand Thrift Shop location.  We have one central processing area and donations are processed there for both our free clothing room at the Falmouth Service Center, Gifford Street location and our new thrift shop. Currently we are accepting the following donations at our 141 Sandwich Road location (Hand in hand Thrift Shop).   

  • Women’s, men’s and children’s clothing in good condition and in season (currently only spring & summer)
  • Linens in good, clean condition, including sheets, towels, and comforters
  • Small household items such as dishes, glasses, silverware, frames, etc. 
  • Small appliances in good working order, but nothing bigger than a toaster oven
  • Small furniture items - click here for more information
We cannot accept the following donations for either the Falmouth Service Center free clothing room or our Hand in hand Thrift Shop:
  • Upholstered furniture, mattresses, or furniture in need of repair
  • Large appliances - if you have an appliance under 7 years old contact Habitat for Humanity 
  • Baby furniture or any baby items - contact A Baby Center in Hyannis to see what they are taking for donations
  • Used toys 
  • Christmas decorations 

Can I volunteer at the Falmouth Service Center?

If you are interested in volunteering at FSC, click here to learn more about the many services provided by our volunteers and to find our volunteer application. 

How do I get a plot in the community garden?

We currently have an extensive Waiting List for the garden plots for the summer of 2018. Click here to learn more about the Community Garden and to find out when the next garden work day will be. This summer we are collaborating with Farming Falmouth on the management of our Community Garden. If you have questions about the garden program, you can email Josh Leveque at joshleveque@netscape.net and note “FSC Community Garden” in the subject line. 

How do I make a donation in honor of someone's birthday, anniversary, or event?

This is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone’s special day with a gift to the Falmouth Service Center. Your gift allows us to purchase additional food at the Greater Boston Food Bank; for every $1 donated we can purchase $5 worth of food. 

We can accept donations by check or credit card at this time. Donate online or learn about other ways to donate to the Falmouth Service Center. 

If you wish to donate money in honor of someone, we will send an acknowledgement to the honoree. Be sure to note their name and address in the memo field online. If you wish to have something to go in a card to the individual please contact our office at 508-548-2794 and we will be happy to create a note for this purpose. 

I need a phone number or website address for another social service agency. Can you help me find it?

Providing referrals and phone numbers for other organizations is one of the most important things we do at the Falmouth Service Center. 

Visit the Resources and Referral pages where you will find many of the organizations that we work with every day. If you don’t find the resource you are looking for, please call 508-548-2794 and our Information Specialist will be happy to help answer your question.

I do not have health insurance. Can I apply for MassHealth at the Falmouth Service Center? I have had Commonwealth Care, can I reapply for new coverage? Can I get access to any other health services? 

Yes, you can apply for MassHealth and other MassHealth options at the Falmouth Service Center. Learn more about health insurance

The Community Health Center of Cape Cod provides affordable medical care to children, adults, and families on the Upper Cape. Currently, you can apply for MassHealth, Monday - Thursday in their Mashpee offices and they have someone available to help people fill out MassHealth applications. 

Do you have home food delivery?

Yes. The FSC Home Food Delivery Program is available for senior citizens and those who are ill or homebound. The program delivers food twice a month, on the second and fourth Thursdays, once for perishable foods and once for general groceries. If you believe you are in need of this program, please call 508-548-2794 or email us.

What is The Fresh Start Program? How do I learn more about this program and how I can sponsor a child?

Fresh Start is a program that provides Falmouth school children who are clients of the Falmouth Service Center with a complete set of new clothing and a backpack filled with school supplies to start the new school year. Learn more about The Fresh Start Program and how to sponsor a child for this program.