HOW CAN YOU HELP
Primary Fund Raiser: Our primary fund raiser is the annual Spirtual Music Concert which takes place on the first Sunday of November at a local church. This is an opportunity for people throughout the community to enjoy beautiful music with a fresh, new program every year. Many people respond to a pre-concert letter with generous donations; others share their support of our work with donations at a free-will offering during the concert. Like all donations, unless otherwise designated, the money raised at this event goes entirely to feed the needy..
Volunteers: On the third Saturday of each month, Youth Troupes, representatives of youth groups from various community churches, meet at The Open Door Food Pantry to donate two hours (2PM – 4PM) of their time stocking shelves, packaging froceries, and working on other important projects. All youth are encouraged to participate in this wonderful experience which allows them to interact with peers and share in fulfilling the mission of The Pantry.
Community members are welcome to join our efforts in providing services to the needy. These opportunities include assisting with the day-to-day work at The Pantry, stocking shelves, packaging grocery items, performing minor maintenance work, and helping with basic clerical work in the office.
Tax Deductible Donations: The Open Door Pantry is a 501(3)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. The Pantry is able to assist individuals in need through the generous gifts from individuals, corporations, and churches. Gifts to The Open Door Food Pantry may be designated to a particular program or undesignated and used where needed most, and can be made in a variety of ways including cash gifts, stock donation, throughother organizations, or through your estate.
Monetary Gifts: Contributions will be used to purchase fresh foods, meat products, and food items which have not been donated. Monetary gifts may also be used toward the cost of utilities and maintenance and other operating expenses is so designated.
In addition to individual donations, Churches and business are encouraged to consider making The Open Door Food Pantry a line item in their annual budgets as they become mission partners with us.
Including The Pantry in wills and trusts, such as the Sherman Fund at the Hamilton Community Foundation, is another effective way to support our mission.
Non-Perishable Foods: Canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats (ex. luncheon meats, tuna), pasta (ex. spaghetti, ravioli, macaroni and cheese), cereals, peanut butter, rice, powdered milk, dried beans, non-refrigerated cheeses (ex. processed cheese, parmesan in cans) nutritious snacks (ex. popcorn, raisins, peanuts), packaged drink mixes (pre-sweetened). No glass containers, please.
Infant Items: Formula, diapers
Hygiene Items: Soap (laundry and bath), toliet paper, facialtissue, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, feminine hygiene products,household cleaning supplies.