17 Mar 2020

Ways Nantucket Community Is Helping Others

Nantucket is an incredible community of people. People that show up for each other in a myriad of ways – from fundraisers to restaurant openings. We are always there to support and lift up other members of our community. This week is no different. While the world at large is entering unchartered waters, we here on Nantucket are working together to lend a hand to members of the community that need it. Check out the list below of ways islanders are helping each other out. We will be updating this list as times change. If you’re looking for help and don’t see anything on this list that fits your needs, please reach out to us and we will do our best to direct you to someone who can help you.


Nantucket Atheneum’s Digital Programming¬†

While you can’t go down to the library right now, the library is going to come to you instead! The Atheneum has an extensive digital collection – from e-books to audiobooks! They are also offering digital programs right now. This week there are programs on learning new language and how to digitally stream movies and books online. Check their website and Instagram feed to stay up to date on what the library is doing to help keep everyone busy!


Get Outside

We are looking at a long 3 weeks of no school and no programming. One thing you can still do is get outside and get some fresh air. This island has miles and miles of walking trails from the woods, to the beach. You should keep a social distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of all of the trails this island has to offer. We find that fresh air is sometimes the best medicine.


Whaling Museum Feature Films

Many are using this time to work their way through the latest offerings from Netflix and Hulu. Well, add the Nantucket Whaling Museum to that list. The feature films usually only shown at the museum throughout the day are now available online! Click here for the Ken Burns documentary on Nantucket, and click here for the history of the sperm whale that washed up on the shores of Nantucket and is now the whale you see in the museum’s Great Hall. Take a break from Peaky Blinders and Love Is Blind and switch over to learn about our island’s storied history!


AAN Drawing Challenge

Now that we are all secluded in our homes, we are using this time to hone our artistic skills. The Artists Association of Nantucket is here to help you. Every day on Instagram they are posting Daily Drawing Suggestions. So far there have been shells, jam jars and ocean scenes. So get out that pad and paper and get to work. Be sure to post your finish products so we can all enjoy them!


Island Kitchen Food Truck

With the schools being closed, our friends at Island Kitchen are stepping in to help feed our island kids. The IK food truck is popping up in the high school parking lot Monday through Friday serving breakfast and lunch for free to kids. Breakfast is being served 7am to 9am, and lunch is being served 11am to 1pm. Note: children must be present to pick up meals.


Keepers Delivery

Keepers, the Amelia Drive staple, is open for take out and for delivery. Just because we can’t gather for wing night as we usually do, wing night still soldiers on. You can place orders online at their website here and island delivery is free! They have take out and delivery lunch Monday through Friday 11am to 2pm. Dinner will be offered as take out and delivery 7 days a week, 5pm and 8pm. They are also offering the same for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, 8am to 12pm.



Stop and Shop is working hard to keep their shelves stocked to the best of their ability. Stop and Shop, however, isn’t the only place on island that offers groceries. Bartlett’s Farm, Annye’s Whole Foods and Nantucket Meat and Fish are still open and here to support the island community. These stores are doing everything they can to keep both customers and their employees safe and healthy. Check their social media feeds for up to date information on their operating procedures.

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