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Help Fill the Fridge

Our 2016 Annual Appeal is now over. Thank you to all who help support our mission.

Please give generously during our Annual Appeal and help fill the fridge for those less fortunate.

  • $1000 Buys $7,600 of food from the Greater Boston Food Bank
  • $500 Provides 2700 meals worth of groceries
  • $300 Feeds 100 people at our community dinner
  • $200 Buys $1500 worth of groceries
  • $100 Supplies 90 families with meat and fish for a week
  • $50 Provides a week of groceries for 6 families

Donations in ANY amount are always greatly appreciated and helps move us towards our $75,000 goal.

Open Table is a not-for-profit 501(c)3. Your donation is fully tax deductible.

Who Needs Help Filling the Fridge?

Each year 620 families come to Open Table. They are people like you and me, who live where we live and shop for groceries where we shop for groceries. But their need is often “hidden” in the suburbs.

They are people who may

  • have lost their job, their health insurance, or their housing
  • have lost their spouse or partner
  • suffer from mental and/or physical impairments
  • earn too much to qualify for government assistance but not enough to completely make ends meet

YOU can make a difference in their lives.

How Julie Fills Her Fridge

People don’t often realize that some of us in the “food line” have advanced degrees from four-year private colleges (like me) and/or may work full or part-time. I never thought that at this point in my life I would be relying so much on a food pantry and community dinner to survive.

For me, depression and other life events got in the way and prevented me from working full-time, and I can’t survive on food stamps alone. The DTA (Department of Transitional Assistance), which oversees SNAP, otherwise known as food stamps, can cut benefits for ANY reason. It can be completely terrifying to open their mail.

I receive $112 in SNAP benefits on the 5th of each month, and although I shop at economical Market Basket for my groceries, within three weeks my food stamp card for that month is usually depleted. If it weren’t for Open Table and the wonderful, generous groceries I receive from their pantry each week, I don’t know how I would eat.

Open Table not only helps me with food, but their volunteers and leaders have given me much needed emotional support. Sometimes when I’m having a hard day and have $1.16 in my bank account and things seem so tough, I know if I can just make it until Thursday and Open Table, I will feel better.

Open Table helps fill my fridge and has helped make me a better person, and for that  I am very grateful.

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