The Salem Pantry Update (July 2020)
While Massachusetts carefully moves forward with its reopening plan, we know that many members of our community still struggle to find a steady source of food. With our state reporting a highest in the nation unemployment rate of 17% and this month's expiration of the $600 emergency unemployment benefit , The Salem Pantry is bracing for another rise in food insecurity within our community. Since the onset of COVID-19, Salem Pantry has distributed over 250,000 pounds of food to 1,600 households and 5,000 individuals throughout Salem. This work would not be possible without your continual support as donors, volunteers, community partners and champions!
Food Storage & Distribution Warehouse Update
Salem Pantry's new 26 by 20 foot walk-in cooler is currently being installed! This new cooler will significantly grow our capacity to store fresh produce, dairy and eggs, for both The Salem Pantry and partners in need of cold storage.
Strengthening Food Access Within the Greater North Shore
Salem Pantry is now partnering with Greater Boston Food Bank to use our new Warehouse space to coordinate deliveries for peer North Shore agencies! This month, LifeBridge, Open Door, Beverly Bootstraps and Good Hope Food Pantry ( pictured here ) were among the agencies that started receiving deliveries of food to Shetland Park that Salem Pantry staff facilitated.

The Salem Pantry in the News

Salem Pantry's collaboration with A&J King on the Neighbor Loaves program was recently featured on the front page of both The Salem News  and the  Daily Item ! Read more about this unique partnership between food pantries, bakeries and local mills.