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A Drive-Thru Event

Empty Bowl TO GO

A new twist on an old tradition. Join The Open Door to mark the 20th Anniversary of this beloved community event. Empty Bowl TO GO is by appointment only with a drive-thru experience at The Open Door in Gloucester.

For each ticket you reserve, you will receive:

1. A beautiful bowl made with love, randomly selected and prepackaged for you.
2. Homemade soup—chowder, chicken, vegan or gluten-free—ready to reheat.
3. Bread, cookie and a bottle of water to round out your meal.

The bowl goes home as a reminder that somewhere, someone's bowl is empty.

28 Emerson Avenue
Saturday, May 22, 2021
4 PM to 6 PM

To learn about corporate sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

Cape Ann Artists

Empty Bowl
Online Auction

No matter where you live, you can browse and bid on the beautiful bowls created by some of Cape Ann's most beloved artists. Check back for new additions!

Support Families in Our Community

We rely on the generosity and support of our community to help end hunger. 
Did you know that 1 in 6 people in Gloucester need food assistance! Your donation can put an end to food insecurity for a family today. 

You can help

Ways to Donate


Give a Gift

Make a secure donation.

Second Glance

Donate your stuff

Make an appointment

Donate Furniture

Make an appointment.



Give the gift of your time.

A new food and nutrition center

Community--The Open Door 2020 Unsung Hero

The Open Door Announces The


Unsung Hero Award

As the pandemic brought the world to its collective knees, the COMMUNITY stepped up to help out. The Open Door is pleased to name the collective COMMUNITY as the recipient of this annual award. Together we are strong. We are resilient. We can overcome.

React. Retool. Respond.

Thank you!

Our Mission

The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community.

To accomplish our mission we use practical strategies to connect people to good food, advocate on behalf of those in need, and engage others in the work of building food security.

COVID-19 Guidelines

Keeping Our Community Safe

Wear Face Masks

Use Hand Sanitizer

Stay 6 ft. Apart

Respect Capacity Limits

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Who we serve

Service Area

The Open Door is organized to serve people who live in 10 cities and towns in the the northeast corner of Essex County, MA. Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, Ipswich, Rowley, Topsfield, Boxford, Hamilton and Wenham.

Investment Partners

The Open Door is proud to be supported by the community and these key partners. Thank you for your investment.