Our Neighbors’ Table has turned traditional food assistance on its head by providing flexible, personalized programs. We’ve eliminated the traditional approach of strict schedules, cumbersome qualification and limited food selection by offering dignified experiences and access to fresh, wholesome food when and where people throughout northeastern Essex County need it.
Our community invests in our model and it is our responsibility to track and report back to the community our effectiveness in achieving regional food security. We utilize a community-wide strategic planning process to prioritize and guide our work and utilize our annual reports to report our progress.
In 2018, Our Neighbors’ Table declared the City of Amesbury our first food-secure community and have laid the groundwork to achieve food security across the 12 communities we serve by 2029. What does it mean for a region to be food secure?
ONT's 2017-20 Strategic Plan: A Path to Food Security outlines the first steps to creating a food secure region. Thanks to a sustaining investment from the Cummings Foundation, a food secure region by 2029 is possible. Our progress is outlined in the most recent Strategic Impact Newsletter.
In 2021, ONT celebrated 5 years of impact at the Jardis-Taylor Center for Our Neighbors' Table in Amesbury. Read more about the progress to food security made since the state-of-the-art Grocery Market opened in 2016.