Salem Pantry Inc

Nourishing the Community

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Salem Pantry Inc

EIN: 20-1691756


The Salem Pantry works collaboratively to empower our diverse local and regional communities by ensuring the essential right to convenient and reliable access to healthy food.

Ruling year info


Principal Officer

Robyn Burns

Main address

PO BOX 295


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Subject area info

Food banks

Population served info

Children and youth



Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Home Delivery Program

The Salem Pantry Home Delivery program is a service for food-insecure members of the Salem community who are physically, mentally, or emotionally unable to attend any of our mobile sites. We provide our home delivery recipients with various produce, nonperishables, and frozen proteins, such as meat, chicken, or fish. These items are delivered to their home once a week.

This service provides support for individuals requiring this service for a short period while recovering from sickness or surgery or for an extended period due to disease or disablement. We strive to work with our home delivery recipients to tailor their food items based on various chronic diseases.

We partner with Door Dash and volunteer drivers to deliver to 50 homes a week.

Population(s) Served

The Salem Pantry will open our first brick-and-mortar location in April 2023!

The Market by The Salem Pantry will provide our guests with a no-cost, dignified shopping experience. The Market will open five days a week, featuring evening and weekend hours to serve our diverse guests best. Guests of The Market will be able to shop from a wide range of dairy, fresh produce, nonperishables, and protein options.

In addition to providing a consistent location for our guests to receive fresh, healthy food, guests can also visit the Market for services beyond food. The Salem Pantry is currently working with The Salem Skipper and The Salem Council on Aging to provide transportation to The Market.

In addition, The Salem Pantry will continue to operate our longstanding mobile distribution program. This program, in partnership with community partners, provides reliable food access for students, residents, and clients.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses

The Salem Pantry currently hosts public distribution sites throughout Salem. These mobile sites are free and open to all. There are no income or location requirements to attend one of our mobile sites.

The Salem Pantry mobile sites feature an abundant selection of produce, proteins, spices, and dairy products that: Seek to reflect our community’s cultural, ethnic, and socio-economic diversity, is sourced from local farmers, food producers, and distributors whenever possible, is nutritious and promotes physical, mental, and social well-being.

We partner with local farms and organizations such as; Mack Park Food Farm, Root North Shore, Beverly Farms Gardens, Boston Area Gleaners, and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project to bring fresh, healthy food to all mobile sites.

We work with our key host-site partners, Salem State University, North Shore Community Development Coalition, and North Shore Physicians’ Group, to facilitate this program.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Immigrants and migrants

We collaborate with our community partners to ensure that all in need of our food distribution services have access to them. These partnerships allow our partner’s clientele access to healthy and reliable food.

Our community partnerships allow us to learn more about the members of the communities we serve to ensure that our services reflect their needs.

We have longstanding and trusted relationships with the City of Salem, Salem State University, North Shore Physicians Group, The Salem Housing Authority, The North Shore Community Development Coalition, LifeBridge North Shore, and Salem Public Schools.

We provide mobile distributions weekly to Salem residents at housing sites throughout Salem, a weekly mobile site for students at Salem High School, and distribute food for the homeless and under-housed at LifeBridge North Shore.

Population(s) Served

The Salem Pantry’s Food Storage and Distribution Warehouse processes an average of 125,000 pounds of food each week to support Salem and the Greater North Shore. The warehouse facility maintains large capacity walk-in freezers and refrigerators and significant space for nonperishables. Our Food Acquisition and Distribution team operates our of our warehouse where they receive all deliveries, and prepare for distributions.

We are an agency member of the Greater Boston food Bank network, who supply 85% of the food that we distribute. Our additional community partners provide farm fresh produce and other products.

In addition to operating our own programs, The Salem Pantry warehouse operates as a cross deck location to support additional organizations throughout Northeastern Massachusetts. In partnership with The Greater Boston Foodbank, we support 15 other organizations to access food each month.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Immigrants and migrants
Economically disadvantaged people
People with diseases and illnesses
Children and youth
Immigrants and migrants

Where we work


Service Enterprise 2022

Massachusetts Service Alliance

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve food insecure members of the Salem and North Shore, Massachusetts community. a majority of our guests currently live in Salem, Massachusetts followed by a large number of guests from Lynn, Massachusetts. We also serve guests from 20 additional towns and cites. In 2022, 32% of our guest were under 18 years of age, 47% of our guests were between 18 and 64 years of age and 21% of our guests were 65 or older. Approximately 80% of those who personally attend our mobile distribution sites are woman.

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Salem Pantry is currently surveying at our mobile distribution sites to composite data on our guests shopping preferences including: how many times a week they shop, what days of the week they prefer to shop, and what time of the day they shop. This data will help us determine hours of operation for our new brick-and-mortar location. We often use focus groups and community meetings as methods of feedback collection.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome


Salem Pantry Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 34.22 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.6 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

Salem Pantry Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

This snapshot of Salem Pantry Inc’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $54,421 $347,211 $279,250
As % of expenses 15.4% 23.5% 13.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $54,421 $342,522 $243,687
As % of expenses 15.4% 23.1% 11.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $408,327 $1,944,863 $2,165,519
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 376.3% 11.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.7% 7.6% 2.0%
All other grants and contributions 99.2% 92.4% 97.9%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $353,854 $1,479,305 $2,007,769
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 318.1% 35.7%
Personnel 0.8% 9.6% 12.5%
Professional fees 4.3% 1.0% 1.8%
Occupancy 0.6% 1.2% 2.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 94.4% 88.2% 83.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $353,854 $1,483,994 $2,043,332
One month of savings $29,488 $123,275 $167,314
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $80,672
Fixed asset additions $2,191 $186,314 $66,493
Total full costs (estimated) $385,533 $1,793,583 $2,357,811

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 4.0 2.8 2.9
Months of cash and investments 4.0 2.8 2.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.1 2.3 3.0
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021
Cash $118,954 $346,567 $481,565
Investments $0 $0 $0
Receivables $5,000 $144,695 $18,706
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $2,191 $188,505 $254,998
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 2.5% 15.8%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6% 13.1% 2.3%
Unrestricted net assets $122,924 $465,446 $709,133
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,500 $126,500 $5,000
Total net assets $125,424 $591,946 $714,133

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Robyn Burns

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Salem Pantry Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/23/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Bonnie Henry

DKH Advisors

Sean Monahan

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Betsy Ricciarelli

Ashley Ganem

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.