The Open Pantry was founded in Lowell in 1981 from an outgrowth of local church groups who saw a need in the community for short-term food assistance. We were originally designed to accommodate those persons not qualifying for other programs, thus making our services a last resort. Currently, clients can return to The Open Pantry every 30 days.
The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell has operated as an independent, non-denominational not-for-profit organization for almost 30 years.A founder of The Open Pantry designed our original logo (shown above).
The mission of The Open Pantry is to relieve hunger in our community. We aim to connect people to a variety of filling, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate food as well as to other community resources; to advocate on behalf of those in need locally, statewide, and nationally; and to engage with others in building food security.
We provide short-term food assistance to those in need who reside in the Greater
Lowell area. As the oldest food pantry in the area, we understand the reasons for
need are numerous. For many people, it
is a choice between food or heat or medications; it may be a delayed
or stolen check, or it could be an abandoned person who has no other
means. While the reasons are varied, the needs are real.
We serve over 1,500 individuals from diverse backgrounds each month. Approximately a third of our constituents are children. Assistance is offered to individuals and families without any discrimination based on race, creed, or country of origin. View information for new and existing clients.
The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell is run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Daily
operations and organizational development are managed by our Executive Director. Board
members represent a variety of backgrounds and are drawn from
several area communities. Board members are elected for three-year
terms and meet regularly to provide organizational governance and administrative direction.
We are an active and proud member of the following community groups: - Greater Boston Food Bank - Merrimack Valley Food Bank - The Non-Profit
Alliance of Greater Lowell - City of Lowell Food Security Coalition - City of
Lowell Hunger & Homeless Commission - Enterprise Bank's
Special thanks to our supporters! The Open Pantry thanks all our generous supporters in the the last 30+ years for helping us serve the Greater Lowell! We are lucky to have had the following support over the years:
SUPPORT FROM FAITH-BASED COMMUNITIES The Open Pantry receives much support from local churches. In addition to monetary donations, some churches have food collection boxes or set aside a specific Sunday each month for parishioners to bring food. Their support helped create The Open Pantry since it sprouted from an outgrowth of local church groups.
We welcome new faith-based communities to join us in supporting The Open Pantry. Please contact us for more information.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT We also receive donations from individuals, schools, community groups, organizations, and businesses. Grant money and in-kind donations are also a good source of revenue to help cover our operational and administrative costs. LEARN HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT THE OPEN PANTRY