Tag Archives: Open Door Food Pantry

Who Needs Ice?

Cape Ann Youth Hockey, along with some folks named the Boston Bruins, pulled off a fantastic event yesterday afternoon….all in the name of the Open Door Food Pantry.  The Boston Bruins Street Brigade Clinic gave about 50 kids the opportunity to participate in some street hockey games, meet Blades (the Bruins mascot), and receive gifts from the Boston Bruins.  In return, Cape Ann Youth Hockey and the Bruins simply asked that participants make a donation to the incredibly worthy Open Door Food Pantry.  A win-win!

Another example of great things happening on any given day within our community!

A huge thanks to all of those involved!  It is never too late to make a donation! Please consider.

The Open Door

Cape Ann Youth Hockey

The Boston Bruins

Sista Felica’s Extends an Invitation To All SJP Students Tomorrow


opendoorBy now everyone has heard the media reports about the bomb threat made earlier this week at St. John’s Preparatory School in Danvers Ma, for tomorrow’s school day.  School administration has worked closely with authorities all week and has successfully implemented precautionary guidelines for the school community to follow.  The decision to send our sons to school tomorrow has been the topic of discussion all week. We were notified today that tomorrow classes remain as scheduled, but they will be allowing an excused absence to any student not attending tomorrow’s classes.

Tonight every SJP Parent needs to make a decision that they feel comfortable with. This is not a time to cast stones and make judgment on others and their decisions. But I thought I ‘d extend an open invitation to those who have decided not to attend classes tomorrow.

This afternoon, I reached out to The Open-Door Food Pantry to make arrangements for an afternoon of service for any St. John’s Preparatory student who has decided to not attend classes tomorrow.

All are Welcome to participate.  Please help me spread the word to SJP students who may be interested in helping others tomorrow


PLEASE IN BOX ME YOUR SONS NAME IF PLANNING TO ATTEND~ the open door can accommodate small and large groups, I just need to provide a head count before noon time tomorrow.


The boys are scheduled to begin at 12:00 pm tomorrow (I will Chaperone)

Dress: in comfortable work clothes


The Open-Door Food Pantry

28 Emerson Avenue

Gloucester Massachusetts 01930

This is for You!

pre new years party

This is the last weekend of the Rocky Neck Holiday Art & Fine Crafts Festival, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00PM with a Pre New Years Party from 2-4:00 on Sunday, December 29.  After all the rushing around and shopping for family, friends, and others, this is your opportunity to get something nice for yourself.  Our Pre News Years party will feature bubbly and snacks, and will be a celebration of a great holiday festival and year of wonderful exhibits and programming at the Cultural Center.  Please join us.

And don’t forget the Rocky Neck Plunge on New Year’s Day 2:00 at Oaks Cove Beach with a warm up after party at the Center.  Great fun, whether you plunge or not.  Don’t forget to bring some non perishables for the Open Door Food Pantry collection.

E.J. Lefavour

2013 Rocky Neck Plunge

Felicia Amanda and FriendsThree Amigos and Sista Felicia

Click the last photo to view more photos.

The first day of the new year started with pre-plunge preparations and a spectacular brunch at Sista Felicia and Barry’s Always Warm and Welcoming Beautiful Home.




_DSF7759Ron Gilson, Peter Van Ness, and Erika



Wonder Woman, also know as Donna Ardizonni



More Three Amigos





Van Ness Family



GMG Chief and The Zip Line Kid

Happy New Year!

Click the last photo to view more photos

Heather Atwood and The Open Door Food Pantry’s Jennifer Perry Pair up to Help Gloucester eat Better! From Adam Bolonsky

Adam writes-

Heather Atwood and The Open Door Food Pantry’s Jennifer Perry teamed up last week at Heather’s house to tape a segment on making baked snack chips even kids would eat. 

Jennifer’s the Food Pantry’s nutrition development coordinator – her job, to teach Gloucester how to cook and prepare the fresh produce available at the Pantry’s numerous distribution sites throughout the city.

Hey kids, tell mom and dad, grammy and grampy, uncle and auntie: free lunch for Gloucester kids this summer at five Pantry locations:

As part of Project Bread’s Better Summer Meals initiative, menus include locally grown produce, whole wheat breads, and low-fat milk.


Jennifer Perry, The Open Door Food Pantry’s nutrition development coordinator.


Low in fat, high in nutrition, easy to make and tasty: sweet potato, white potato, zucchini, beet chips.


Joe Langhan and cameraman/DP Luis Goncalves, from Gallo Productions, set up for the two-camera shoot.


Heather and Jennifer gear up for the first segment: frozen pea bruschetta and radish topping.


Heather gets the wireless mic treatment from Luis: mic on the blouse, transmitter on the back of the apron.


Start with these ingredients. Slice. Add salt and pepper. Bake for anywhere between ten minutes and an hour. Zucchini needs a lower temp and more time.

Furniture Annex Now Open at Second Glance


Second Glance Team 018

Furniture Annex Now Open at Second Glance

Looking for used furniture? Check out the new 1,800 square foot Furniture Annex at Second Glance Thrift Store. Freshly primed and painted by a volunteer crew (pictured) from Gorton’s, the Furniture Annex is open for shopping Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Need to get rid of something? Clean furniture donations are welcome Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pick up is available by appointment.

Second Glance, a program of The Open Door, is located at 2 Pond Road in Gloucester. Call 978-283-4298 or visit www.foodpantry.org for more information.

BOWL PAINTING for Open Door Food Pantry


Art Haven Hosted a Free Bowl painting event to support the Open Door Food Pantry. This event is sponsored by the Cape Ann Community Time Bank with the help of Marty Morgan.

As always when Art Haven is involved, the place is packed and enthusiastic kids show up with all their talent

Play slideshow and view photos

Watch Video below

Open Door Food Pantry–It’s A Good Thing!

So yesterday, Lily and I went to the Open Door Food Pantry to shoot an episode of Inspired Cooking which will air next week and probably for a couple of weeks.  The show was about fun and easy ideas to use your holiday leftovers in a cost effective manner because I feel that throwing away food is like flushing money down the drain–and I don’t want to do it!

Anyway, Julie LaFontaine, the Executive Director of the Open Door, Lily and I had a great time doing the show, the food came out delicious and a good time was had by all.  The point of this is that there are lots of families on Cape Ann that need our help.  Families have been hit hard in this economy and donating a holiday dinner to a needy family is the right thing to do if you can afford to help out.

This is what your $30.00 will buy for a family in need:

Holiday Meal Basket Donation Form

Each basket contains all the fixings a family of four will need to prepare a festive holiday meal.  Just click on the link and everything you need to know is right there.

Baskets include:

  • Turkey (14-16 pounds)
  • Stuffing Mix
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots*
  • Butternut squash
  • Apples
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Dinner Rolls*
  • Gravy

Please help out our neighbors who might be struggling right now.  According to Julie, those who are using the pantry are mostly working families who just can’t make ends meet.  People are suffering everywhere and if you can help, please do.  Here is the information below.

And if I can nominate a good egg, that would be Julie LaFontaine!