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Press Release: Bud Ackerman Fund Grant

Open Table Receives Grant from Bud Ackerman Fund

Contribution to support food purchases and help meet growing need in the community

Concord and Maynard, MA (May 22, 2024) – Open Table, the MetroWest charity dedicated to fighting hunger and building healthy communities, today announced that it has received a generous grant from the Bud Ackerman Fund. This invaluable contribution will support the purchase of grocery items to supplement those received free of cost from partners like the Greater Boston Food Bank and local farms and grocery stores. 

As recently reported in the Boston Globe, a study by Consumer Affairs found that grocery prices in Massachusetts rose 6.6 percent in the the past year, the sixth highest rate in the country. Open Table has directly felt the impact, both in the increased cost of purchased food and the resulting rise in the number of individuals and families seeking support. 

“We have witnessed a substantial and sustained surge in demand over the past year, distributing 26% more pounds of food and assisting 69% more new households, while simultaneously experiencing a decrease in access to no-cost food through our normal channels,” said Alexandra DePalo, executive director, Open Table. “This grant from the Bud Ackerman Fund will help purchase more food so that we can provide fresh produce, dairy, and proteins to our clients every week and ensure that no one goes without essential nourishment.”

About Open Table

Open Table is a 501(c)(3) established in 1989. Its mission is to address hunger in the local community by providing healthy food in a welcoming environment while respecting the dignity and diversity of those served. For more information, visit:

Media Contact:

Joan Geoghegan
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