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, as well as the campuses of North Shore Community College in Danvers and Lynn. 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 with on-line grocery ordering, Community Meals, Mobile Markets using our Farmer's Truck at 20+ 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), Senior Soup and Salad, Collaborative Meals, and Medically Tailored Groceries. Volunteers contributed more than 19,000 hours of time last year, to help us connect our most vulnerable neighbors to good food.

In 2022 programs of The Open Door provided more than 1.8 million pounds of good food to 8,486 people, and nearly 4,000 holiday meal baskets! We have a sincere commitment to creating positive social change and recognize that hunger and racism are linked. We work in a fast-paced environment that values learning, innovation and diverse perspectives.

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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