In August 2016, the Open Door Food Pantry opened at the Ipswich Housing Authority site on County Road. This pantry, which is a satellite facility of the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, is open two days every week. Clients have the opportunity to obtain meat and fresh produce as well as staples.
As this facility provides a greater availability to clients for their food needs, SVDP has made the decision to discontinue the monthly food baskets as an unnecessary duplication of service. With the extremely small budget of SVDP, we could not possibly be able to provide the service that Open Door does. Financial resources that were committed to the food service will now be able to be used for other charitable support. We will continue to monitor this need and will provide emergency food as needed.