The Open Door

The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community.

We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security.

Contact information
Address: 
28 Emerson Avenue
Town/City: 
Gloucester
state: 
MA
zip: 
01930
Tel: 
978-283-6776
Website: 

www.foodpantry.org

Hours of service and information for clients: 

Pantry Hours:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm  

Tuesday and Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm                                                                                                  

Clients are asked to fill out a confidential form that helps the Food Pantry track its resources. They should be prepared to provide a name and birth date for each person receiving food in their household.

Emerson Market

Bread, produce and pastry arranged in an open-market style every Friday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in The Open Door Dining Room. There are no restrictions to participation; anyone who is interested in saving money on surplus food is eligible. Clients can expect a wide variety of choice and some specialty items. Clients are asked to donate a dollar a bag towards the handling costs of transporting the food and running the program. People start lining up as early as noon. 80 to 100 bags are distributed weekly.

Community Meals

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Sunday 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Anyone who is hungry or lonely is welcome.  There are no eligibility requirements. Doors open an hour before meal service.

Donation Needs: 

Items most needed by the Open Door Food Pantry:

  • Peanut butter
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Healthy snack items
  • Canned tuna, chicken, and turkey
  • Soup and stews
  • Canned vegetables
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Canned fruits
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Rice, noodles, and pasta
  • Cake, muffin, and pancake mix
  • Juices and juiceboxes

Food donations can be dropped off at the pantry during regular business hours.

You may also donate the cost of a Holiday Meal Basket for a local family that needs a little bit of help.  You can also help by organizing a collection site for our holiday food drives.

 

Volunteer Needs: 

There are regular volunteer positions available for people with various levels of experience, interests, skills, knowledge, and time.

Food Pantry Volunteers:

  • Counter Volunteer
  • Stocking shelves and cleaning
  • Food pick-ups

Please call: 978-283-6776 x203

Community Meal Volunteers:

  • Preparing and setting up for the meal
  • Serving the meal
  • cleaning up

Please call: 978-283-6776 x222
 

Programs: 
Emergency Food
Farmers Markets
Food Pantry
Holiday Meals
Kids Summer Meals
SNAP - Food Stamp Assistance
Soup Kitchen
Towns Served: 
Essex
Gloucester
Ipswich
Manchester
Rockport