The Open Door held its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at six locations on Saturday, Nov. 20: Market Basket (Gloucester), Stop & Shop (Gloucester), Shaw’s (Eastern Ave., Gloucester), Shaw’s (Ipswich), Crosby’s (Manchester), and Market Basket (Rowley). Donations will help keep local households fed through the holidays. An emphasis was placed on cereal donations, as cereal is an item always in high demand at The Open Door.
Community partners that volunteered at participating Thanksgiving Food Drive sites in addition to community volunteers included the Pingree School, We Are All in This Together Gloucester, the Ipswich YMCA, the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club and Gloucester Police Department.
While the Thanksgiving Food Drive was ongoing, The Open Door also distributed Holiday Baskets to local people at a drive-thru event on Emerson Avenue. Thanksgiving Holiday Baskets provide families with a turkey and all the fixings so that they can enjoy a holiday meal at home. Along with many individual volunteers, the TOAST team and Cape Ann Savings Bank team volunteered at the Holiday Basket distribution event, providing key support for the effort.
For more information, visit FOODPANTRY.org.