The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry, Inc.

Feeding people. Changing lives.

aka The Open Door   |   Gloucester, MA   |  www.foodpantry.org

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.

Ruling year info

1985

President and CEO

Ms. Julie Hazen LaFontaine

Main address

28 Emerson Avenue

Gloucester, MA 01930 USA

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Formerly known as

The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry

EIN

22-2513482

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

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Our programs

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Food Pantries

Our pantries in Gloucester and Ipswich offer weekly curbside grocery pickup
Milk, produce, eggs, meat, cheese, dry and canned goods
Free delicious meals ready to eat
Diapers and pet food

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Where we work

Awards

Partner Agency of The Year 2011

Greater Boston Food Bank

Community Health Activist Award 2012

North Shore Health Project

Wellspring Leadership Award 2012

Wellspring House, Inc.

Live United Leadership Award 2012

North Shore United Way

Paul Harris Distinquished Service Award 2014

Gloucester Rotary Club

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of The Open Door directly reflect the key language in our mission to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We connect people to good food. We advocate on behalf of those in need. We engage others in the work of building food security. Throughout our 15 programs and services we provide good healthy food, nutrition education and advocacy to help improve the lives of the underserved who are at the most risk of devastating health consequences due to poor nutrition. We are a Community Food Resource center committed to ensuring that the most vulnerable amongst us have access to good, nutrient dense food because we know that Good Food = Good Health.

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. Our programs have been strategically placed in areas of the greatest need to directly improve the health and welfare of vulnerable and underserved populations. We have taken a leadership role in the North Shore Hunger Network to help sister food pantries replicate our successful programs and provide alternative food solutions in their communities. Multidisciplinary collaboration is vital if we are to help people and communities find their own local solutions to ending hunger. Our partnerships from across the region are varied from scouts to young offenders, faith-based organizations and corporations, schools and businesses, government agencies and hospitals, young and old who together provide the collective muscle to connect those in need with good food all year round.

Strong Leadership and team: Staff come from a variety of socioeconomic and educational backgrounds and are all committed to alleviating the impact of hunger. The Open Door has also taken on a leadership role in the North Shore Hunger Network to support the work of sister food pantries in the region, to share lessons learned, and replicate successful models. Financially sound and stable organization: The Open Door has strategically diverse grassroots support. We incorporate a rich blend of groups, corporations, individuals, foundations, government agencies along with fundraising events, appeals and our entrepreneurial thrift store so that our programs do not depend upon one source for funding, Thoughtful growth and expansion: We place programs strategically in areas of the greatest need in low-income and poverty tracts, food deserts, and medically underserved areas. Expansion is deliberate according to need and resources. Innovative approaches to food security: We have moved beyond traditional hunger-relief programs and implemented point of service nutrition education, increased access to healthier foods, and advocacy. Community Collaborator: More than 22,634 volunteer hours are clocked every year (11 full time equivalents) to connect people to good food and provide financial and In-Kind support. Leveraging our partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, our robust Food Rescue program engages local grocers, farmers, seafood vendors and caterers that allowed us to distribute more than 900,000 pounds of food last year.

Last year The Open Door helped improve the lives of 5,784 unduplicated low and limited-income people including 1 in 6 Gloucester residents plus our neighbors in need by providing 933,762 pounds of good food, nutrition education and advocacy. Since 2008 we have seen a 96 percent jump in the number of requests for food assistance. During that time, we have not only met that need, but increased the amount of healthy food offerings and added nutrition education at each point of service. The completion of our warehouse expansion in December 2014 will allow us to strengthen our food distribution system and build nutritional capacity in our programs. It will position us to collect and distribute an additional 240,000 pounds of food every year, double the amount of healthy protein and produce distributed, strengthen the North Shore Hunger Network by allowing us to distribute an additional 20,000 pounds of protein and produce to them every year, and expand our nutrition education and service learning opportunities so that we are ""feeding people, changing lives.""

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The Open Door/Cape Ann Food Pantry, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kersten Lanes

FCTLGlobal

Term: 2017 - 2021

David Sudbay

Sudbay Motors

Sue Lufkin

Essex Merchant's Group

Chris Barker

Caldwell Banker/JRM Barker Foundation

Mark Landgren

Nexxus Group

Kersten Lanes

FCLTGlobal

Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis Public Relations

Brandon Pratt

CrossCountry Mortgage

Irene Josephson

Joset Corporation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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