The special food pantry distribution type made its debut in Gloucester this weekend.
The Open Door is scheduled to host a drive-through food pantry on Saturday, January 16, on Pathways at 29 Emerson Ave. from 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM
“The pandemic has set a record for food insecurity across the community,” said Julie Hazen LaFontaine, president and CEO of The Open Door. “We want food to be one thing you don’t need to worry about during this stressful time.”
The drive-through distribution will include basic canned and dry foods as well as milk, eggs, meat, cheese, produce, coffee and olive oil.
Distribution is open to new and existing clients living in the cities served by The Open Door ‘- Gloucester, Rockport, Ipswich, Manchester, Essex, Rowley, Topsfield, Boxford, Hamilton and Wenham. Those interested in participating in soup kitchens should register at https://bit.ly/2Xr67la
Just weeks into the new year, The Open Door plans to host several drive-through public kitchen distributions by 2021. A second distribution, scheduled for February, will take place in Ipswich.
“This market is supported by the support of a caring community,” said LaFontaine. “It can be difficult to ask for help, but we encourage people to get food if they need it. No one should go without.”
The Open Door Kitchen and thrift store Second Glance will be closed Monday, January 18, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
Taylor Ann Bradford can be reached at 978-675-2705 or [email protected].
REGULAR WARRANTY HOURS
Two Open Door kitchens open at the following regular hours to retrieve pre-packed grocery bags by the roadside:
Gloucester Food Pantry
28 Emerson Ave.
Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm
Call during the day for the delivery of groceries or meals on the same day.
Ipswich Food Pantry
00 Southern Heights.
Wednesday and Thursday from 11am to 4pm
Call during the day for same-day grocery deliveries.