An open-door pantry opens the cornerstone of Gloucester

Festive shovels in hand, Emerson Avenue team at Open Door stands up for innovation (Image courtesy of)

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Gloucester – The Open Door Building Project has begun a new chapter in ‘Building Food Security Across Cape Ann’.

Last week’s groundbreaking ceremonies marked a new campus that will include a production kitchen, and add cold and dry storage. Customer service areas and transportation capacity are also expected to increase.

“This project will build the infrastructure we need to improve the lives and health of people in the communities we serve by connecting them to good food,” said Open Door President and CEO Julie LaFontaine.

“The new kitchen has been a board and staff dream for some time,” said board co-chair Kersten Lanes.

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“As in any home, the kitchen is where the heart is. The heart of Open Door is about to get a little bigger,” Lenz added.

“This project gives us true meaning to the community. We all work together to make sure everyone has what they need,” Senator Bruce Tarr said.

After many years of facing the pandemic, The Open Door expects the project to end in March 2023.

Gloucester Mayor Greg Verga speaking at the party

Since its founding in 1978, Open Door has used “actionable strategies” to connect people to food, advocate, and engage with the community.

Their reach includes Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Boxford, Rowley, Topsfield and Wenham.

Last year, The Open Door helped provide 8,516 people in 4,176 households with a distribution of 1.83 million pounds of food.

Currently, the pantry provides food resources to one in six Gloucester residents. The project will expand its scope.

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