About the Member
The Salem Pantry mission is to work collaboratively to empower our diverse local and regional communities by ensuring the essential right to convenient and reliable access to healthy food.
Today The Salem Pantry operates multiple programs – public mobile markets, home deliveries and provides bulk food access to partner organizations. Additionally, the organization serves as a distribution center, providing easier food access for other hunger-relief organizations across the North Shore. Salem Pantry has distributed 2 million pounds of food to more than 4,000 households and 12,000 unique individuals (with 1 in 3 recipients being children) throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. With the effects of the pandemic still lingering, we now have critical infrastructure and systems in place to be well-positioned to respond to future emergencies.
While demand for our services remains high, our Pantry aims to make these services more inclusive and available to the Salem and North Shore community with the addition of a new brick-and-mortar storefront pantry location (estimate completion is Winter 2022/23). The storefront aims to break down barriers that often prevent people from accessing food pantries and will provide an abundant, healthy selection of food to assist in decreasing chronic health issues. A typical pantry guest will be able to choose from a variety of fresh produce, frozen proteins, dry goods, eggs and dairy products, and local bread. Additionally, we are currently piloting a partnership with community health organizations and nutrition consultants to establish a Food is Medicine program, which aims to provide tailored food options for a vulnerable population to manage, treat, or decrease chronic health conditions.
Read more about The Salem Pantry in the news and contact our Executive Director for all Media Inquiries. Learn about The Salem Pantry from our Executive Director, Robyn Burns, in a video interview with Salem News.