The Open Door

About The Open Door

Mission: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.

Organization Description:
Organized in 1978, The Open Door, a hunger-relief agency, provides community food resources to the under-served and low-income residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Wenham, Boxford, Rowley and Topsfield. Using a prevention-based approach, grounded in nutrition education, public health, and community development, we provide those in-need with consistent, adequate access to nutrition in a socially acceptable environment.

The Open Door services include a Food Pantry, Community Meals, Mobile Market (a free farmers’ market at 10 sites), SNAP (formerly food stamps) application assistance, free Summer Meals for kids, Second Glance (thrift store), holiday meal baskets, Good Food Project (supplies boxes or bags of nutrient-specific food for those who are sick or managing major illness), Family Supper (an evening meal for families to enjoy together), Senior Soup and Salad, Collaborative Meals and PowerSnack (an after-school taste test program). More than 1,000 volunteers contribute more than 26,494 hours of time, talent and engagement every year to help us connect our most vulnerable neighbors to good food. In 2020, The Open Door has launched a pilot Medically Tailored Groceries program.

In 2018 programs of The Open Door provided more than 1,975,949 pounds of good food to 7,986 people representing 1 in 6 of Gloucester’s population plus our neighbors in need from surrounding communities.

To Apply:
Send resume and cover letter (email preferred) with at least one reference stating why you wish to work at The Open Door to:

Internship: Marcia Hubbard, Director of Business and Finance (978) 283-6776 x209

Mailing address:
The Open Door
28 Emerson Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

Apply start date: Ongoing


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