The Open Door  
Julie LaFontaine, President and CEO  
28 Emerson Ave.,  
Gloucester, MA 01930  

Media Contact: Kelsey Richards 
Phone: 978-283-6776 x 226 

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023 

The Open Door Gears Up for Thanksgiving Food Drive

and Holiday Basket Program

GLOUCESTER— The Open Door Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18, along with the first day of distribution for its Holiday Basket program.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Participating locations include: •

  • Market Basket at 101 Gloucester Crossing Road, Gloucester MA
  • Stop & Shop at 6 Thatcher Road, Gloucester MA
  • Shaw’s at 127 Eastern Avenue, Gloucester MA
  • Shaw’s at 146 High Street, Ipswich MA
  • Crosby’s Marketplace at 3 Summer Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea MA
  • Market Basket at 231 Newburyport Turnpike, Rowley MA
  • NEW THIS YEAR: Clothing Donation Drive at Second Glance at 2 Pond Road, Gloucester MA. No appointment needed, November 18 only. Clothing donations at Second Glance, Thrift Store of The Open Door, help raise revenue for local hunger-relief programs

WHAT: Each year, The Open Door Thanksgiving Food Drive sets up donation locations at area grocery stores, making it easier than ever for shoppers to pick-up items the food resource center is in need of most and donate.

“The Thanksgiving Food Drive is more than just a collection of food. It’s an act of kindness given by a community that cares,” President and CEO Julie LaFontaine said. “Donating an extra couple boxes of your favorite breakfast cereal, pancake mix, or a can of coffee is one tangible way to establish traditions of gratitude and show support for our neighbors not only at the holidays but in the tough winter months ahead.”

Instead of holiday fixings which have already been secured for the Thanksgiving Baskets, The Open Door is encouraging items of shelf-stable breakfast foods this year, including cereal, oatmeal, coffee, tea, maple syrup, pancake mix, waffle mix, 100% fruit juice, and granola bars. Donors are asked to please avoid donating anything in a glass container.

Already in 2023, The Open Door has seen more than a 28% increase in visits to its food pantries over 2022. The nonprofit’s kitchen also prepares approximately 3,000 meals each week.

The Open Door will also be accepting clothing donations only at its thrift store, Second Glance, with no appointment needed on Saturday, Nov. 18. Donations at Second Glance help raise revenue for hunger-relief programs of The Open Door.

Turkey for Every Table

Also on Saturday, Nov. 18, The Open Door kicks off its Holiday Basket program. Hundreds of local people will pick-up everything they need to make a special Thanksgiving meal at home, at no cost, at a drive-thru on Emerson Avenue. Holiday Baskets will continue to be distributed by The Open Door right up until the day before Thanksgiving. Holiday Baskets are also available for the December holidays.

Plenty of Holiday Baskets are available, with a turkey and all the fixings, and can be picked-up by appointment. Many pick-up slots are also available. Sign up today for a Holiday Basket for Thanksgiving and December at

Members of the community who wish to make a monetary donation to help feed local people through the holidays and beyond can do so at

About The Open Door  

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. 

Founded in 1978, The Open Door is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non profit and community food resource center for low-income residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Boxford, Rowley, Topsfield, and Wenham. In 2022, The Open Door helped stabilize the lives and health of 8,486 people from 4,872 households through the distribution of 1.78 million pounds of food. 

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