Open Table’s mission is to provide healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity.
Open Table offers weekly community dinner programs and food pantries in Concord and Maynard to more than 300 guests. We provide a welcoming community of support and assistance to families and individuals, including many seniors and children – we are open to all who come.
Beyond providing food resources, Open Table strives to build a community of support for our guests who face many challenges. Some needs are small – a notebook for a school project, a winter jacket or boots or transportation. Many of our guests face crises in housing, fuel assistance, summer child care and critical health situations. For these issues, our guest support team determines if Open Table can help. If not, we draw on the wider community of support and refer our guests to other community agencies whenever possible.
Where Does Our Funding Go?
It’s a simple story: since we are primarily a volunteer organization, 89 cents of every dollar is spent on community support.
Currently Open Table distributes approximately 7000 pounds of food each week and serves 250 meals to guests that hail from the Metro West suburbs and beyond. Open Table has received incredible support from the communities it serves through donations of food and funds, making it possible for us to continue to address food insecurity in our region.
A Volunteer Organization
Open Table was established as a 501(c)3 in1987. Open Table has only one paid employee (our Executive Director)—relying on the generosity of over 600 volunteers. The twelve-member board of directors serves as the main fundraising and strategic planning body. Both the Concord and Maynard sites have operating teams that manage the day-to-day logistical needs of the organization and a full administrative team supports all the fundraising and communications aspects of the organization. In recent years, a guest support team was formed to address challenges guests face outside the realm of food. This team listens actively to guests and directs them to local resources to assist them.