Who Supports Us
Open Table relies on the support of hundreds of volunteers, generous individual donors, funding organizations and community partners. We deeply appreciate everyone’s belief in our mission. Thank you!
Individuals, Families, and Community Groups
Some of our most important supporters are people like YOU! Individual donors who make donations, families who drop off a bag of groceries in honor of a child’s birthday, scout troops who pack kids’ bags, or the neighborhood that sponsors a fall food drive. There are so many of these generous and thoughtful people in our community who support Open Table on a small, medium or large, but always significant level.
Sustaining and Contributing Partners
Many thanks to the many organizations that have made a significant investment in our work, enabling us to meet the growing number of clients who turn to us for assistance.
Open Table relies on many different funding sources.
Acton Boxborough United Way
The Acton Boxborough United Way works to improve lives in Acton and Boxborough by mobilizing the caring power of community. The ABUW provides generous grants to Open Table to help provide fresh produce for our guests.
Concord Carlisle Community Chest
The Concord Carlisle Community Chest meets the evolving needs of local citizens and gives responsibly to a broad range of human service and other organizations that strengthen the Concord and Carlisle Massachusetts communities. The CCCC provides generous grants to Open Table.
Crawford Idema Family Foundation
Crawford Idema Family Foundation supports philanthropic causes through grants for curriculum development, and operating and other continuing programs. Crawford Idema Family Foundation provides generous support of Open Table.
First Parish in Concord
First Parish in Concord invites everyone into their Unitarian faith community, without regard to race, gender, age, color, national origin, ethnic background, socioeconomic status, marital status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. First Parish provides space for Open Table in Concord, funding, and many volunteers.
Foundation for MetroWest
Foundation for MetroWest connects philanthropic opportunity with demonstrated need in the Boston Metrowest area. They provide funding and services for guests of Open Table.
Greater Boston Food Bank
The Greater Boston Food Bank has a mission to end hunger in eastern Massachusetts with the objective of distributing enough food to provide at least one meal a day to those in need. GBFB provides Open Table with 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of food every week.
Maynard Community Chest
Maynard Community Chest is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that works to strengthen the community by supporting local charitable agencies that provide a broad range of essential human services to people who live of work in Maynard, Massachusetts.
Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation
Middlesex Savings Bank Charitable Foundation carries out the philanthropic mission of Middlesex Savings Bank, assisting non-profit organizations that provide critical community services throughout Eastern and Central Massachusetts.
Trinitarian Congregational Church
Trinitarian Congregational Church Concord is deeply engaged in social action, mission and outreach. TriCon provides regular donations of food and groceries to Open Table.
- Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
- Barrett Mill Farms
- Bud Ackerman Fund
- Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation
- CHNA 15
- Concord Academy
- Concord Masons
- Concord Public Schools
- Concord-Carlisle Regional High School
- Concord Recreation Department
- Congregation Kerem Shalom
- Crosby’s Marketplace
- The Discovery Museums
- Donelan’s Supermarket, Acton
- Drumlin Farm
- Emerson Hospital
- The Fenn School
- First Parish in Lincoln
- First Parish of Sudbury
- Gaining Ground
- Greater Lowell Community Foundation
- Highrock Convent Church Arlington
- Holy Family Parish
- The Keel Foundation
- Lincoln Public Schools
- Middlesex School
- Minute Man Arc for Human Services
- The Nash Family Foundation
- Nashoba Brooks School
- National Charity League
- Newbury Court
- The Osterman Family Foundation
- Roche Brothers Supermarket, Acton
- Ryan Family Charitable Foundation
- Stop & Shop, Acton
- St. Anne’s in the Fields, Lincoln
- St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sudbury
- Trader Joe’s, Acton
- Trinity Episcopal Church
- TZP Cares Foundation/This Old House
- Verrill Farm
- West Concord Union Church
- Winstanley Enterprises
Thank You for Your Recent Support
The National Association of Letter Carriers works hard every week to get letters and packages to you, but this past weekend worked to get food FROM you to those in need! We’re sending a big thank you to them and to all who donated food during the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday. Over 1360 pounds of much needed nonperishable food was collected in Concord. Thanks to Rob Slattery, our awesome Operations Manager (who took time from his weekend), and the postal workers who helped in transferring the food to banana boxes, loading them and driving overflow foods to our Beharrell Street donation center, where volunteers will sort it this week. Way to Stamp Out Hunger!
The kids at Kerem Shalom really know how to spread More Love Less Hunger with their Kids’ Bags donation – coming in at a whopping 592 pounds and 92 bags plus some extra supplies. Thank you very much for your support!
If you would like more information on how run a similar donation program visit https://www.opentable.org/donation-activities/
Thank you to Emerson Hospital for a recent grant to support our Carlisle Mobile Pantry Program. The program, in collaboration with the Carlisle Council on Aging and Carlisle Elderly Housing Authority, delivers groceries and prepare meals to individuals and families in Carlisle who may be facing food insecurity, but find transportation to our Maynard facility difficult. We are proud to partner with Emerson Hospital to optimize the health and wellness of those in our community by feeding people where they are.
Chances are that you have already met Karen who volunteers for shifts at Open Table in nearly every area of the pantry. She works around 20 hours per week on shifts and even more behind the scenes. Karen works on the phone team making calls to clients to help them with their online orders, shops those orders on pick and pack teams, works both distribution and the client administration desk during the drive-by pantry and cooks in the kitchen specializing in vegetarian meals. She also serves as the kitchen coordinator working to schedule volunteers for the cooking and dishwashing shifts to assure the kitchen runs smoothly.
Karen is a long-time resident of West Concord, having lived in the area for over 30 years. When asked why she chose to donate her time to Open Table, she responded: “I feel strongly that no one in the community should experience food insecurity, and all should have access to a reliable and healthy food resource. Open Table’s approach to offering a variety of foods customized to the clients, combined with the wonderful meals the kitchen produces, truly reflects the mission of Open Table which I wholeheartedly support. I love helping people and giving time is the perfect way to do so. I speak with a subset of clients on a regular basis and hear the gratitude in their voices for what we provide– it is truly amazing. Volunteering has also given me opportunities to make new connections and meet a whole group of terrific, caring people whom I never would have met had I not volunteered here.”
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No foolin’ these numbers! We are so grateful to have a partnership with Lovin’ Spoonfuls who contributed 26,365 lbs of rescued food in 2021 for our clients. As their website notes, roughly 38 million people are facing food insecurity (16.4% of Massachusetts households in March 22 according to Project Bread), and yet 35% of the food produced in the United states goes unsold or uneaten. We are proud to work with Lovin’ Spoonfuls to assure that more of that surplus fresh, healthy food is eaten. Thank you, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, for your support and helping us spread More Love, Less Hunger.
When our fair program managers Soman and Barbara found we needed flour for resettling Afghan families, our super volunteer Tom Marshall contacted King Arthur Baking Company and they came to the rescue! King Arthur donated a full palette of 5lb bags, assuring that families could bake fresh bread and other recipes from their home country in their new country. Thanks, King Arthur, for spreading #morelovelesshunger.
Gilbert Tsang, Proprietor of MEM Tea Imports , saw our ask for staple products for our Afghan community clients and answered the call with a 500 pound donation of organic black tea, dried ancho chiles and ceylon tea! Thank you so much for helping us spread #morelovelesshunger with this generous donation!
Our President, Mary Siegel’s video thanks for all of the support we have received during our Annual Appeal campaign. Thank YOU for making a difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity in our community.
The Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council held a food drive for Martin Luther King, Jr Day outside of Crosby’s Marketplace and received 960 lbs of food that was transported with the help of The Fenn School van and volunteers to our Beharrell Street, Concord location. Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers who contributed to this effort and for helping us spread #morelovelesshunger !
One of our latest new programs have been helping dozens of Afghan families who are resettling in our area get started with some requested, culturally appropriate, food items to ease their transition. Thank you to all our volunteers who have packed these welcoming boxes for these special clients!
This week this delivery of 1381 lbs of food was sent to help 15+ Afghan families whose resettlement is being aided by International Institute of New England in Lowell. We are working with the IINE and several other local organizations to assure that these families have food and other necessities during this difficult transition. Sending a big thank you to Barbara Blankenship for her coordination efforts in this program.
We are happily accepting donations towards this effort, either monetary or food items. Learn more HERE. If you would like to support this and all of our efforts during our Annual Appeal season, please visit https://www.opentable.org/donate/ and donate today!
We are sending out a big thank you to all of the families who donated and volunteered (especially our groups from Trinity Congregational Church and Memorial Congregational Church) for our Family-to-Family Holiday Drive. And a special thanks to thanks to Carolyn Coffin who so expertly managed the program. We collected and distributed close to 250 gift bags to our senior and family clients. We appreciate your support and are wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Matt Baird is the kind of volunteer every organization hopes to get: dedicated and passionate, willing to do what needs to get done, and cheerful to boot. But we’re the lucky ones because Matt is not only a wonderful volunteer, he’s also an amazing person. As a teen with cancer, Matt had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to choose whatever his heart desired through the Make-A-Wish foundation. He wished for a donation to Open Table.
Matt says he did it because he felt so supported and cared for by Open Table staff and volunteers while going through not just his cancer treatment but also the death of his sister that he just wanted to give back. He’s an amazing person, deserving of all the wonderful things the future can bring. We all should have a Matt Baird in our lives; we’re lucky to have Matt in ours.
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Thank you to Make-A-Wish of Massachusetts and Rhode Island for making Matt’s wish come true and thus making a difference in our community!
We had a great distribution this week in Hudson, with an extra special gift for our younger clients – Pillow Pets! The Pillow Pets were donated by Christmas in the City and were included with our Family-to-Family gifts, this Hudson Mobile pantry, and a recent distribution to new Afghan refugees. They are sure to bring a smile to many young faces.
Pictured are Board of Director member Lisette Arbelli and program manager Jill Tsakiris with local Board of Health volunteers in Hudson.
Inflation is hitting everyone right now: you, our clients, and even Open Table. Just as groceries are costing you more, they and everything involved in getting food to people is costing us more as well. All while our client list has grown by 130 more, as refugees have recently resettled in the area.
The Gilson Family Foundation has generously offered a $50,000 match to help feed people in our community. We’re asking for your help. Every dollar you give today will be matched by them.
We know it’s a lot to ask when everyone is feeling the pain at the grocery store. But the best way we know to help our community is by making sure everyone has access to enough food. We do that by providing culturally appropriate groceries, preparing meals to go, and delivering food to our mobile pantry food partners. You can help by donating now.
Your neighbors will thank you.