Thanksgiving Week Food Availability
The Market at Our Neighbors' Table will not be open the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 20 - 25). The ONT office is open 9am - 4pm on Tuesday and 9am - 12pm on Wednesday. The office and the Market will both be closed for the holiday Nov. 23 - Nov. 26.
There will be a Wednesday Meal at Main Street Congregation Church on Nov. 22. Chicken broccoli ziti will be served from 4pm - 6pm.
If you are seeking food this week, the following organizations are available at the following times.
From our table to yours, we send you our thanks and wish you holiday cheer! #platefull #grateful
Our Neighbors’ Table is proud to once again provide holiday food to local families during the season of giving. Over 600 families are counting on ONT to enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday meals with their loved ones.
This week, more than 200 volunteers will lend a hand, make home deliveries, and welcome guests to the market to "shop" for their Thanksgiving turkeys and fixings. To help make their table extra special and personal, every guest will also receive a $10 gift card to a local grocery store.
Next month, Christmas cheer is abound! The market will be filled with holiday groceries and will be open for special holiday hours from December 12th - 16th. Santa comes to the Wednesday Meal for dinner, pictures and Christmas carols on December 13!
For volunteer opportunities or to sign up for holiday groceries, please call our office, 978-388-1907. And just a reminder, ONT will be closed November 23-26 and December 24-January 1 to give our volunteers and staff a well-deserved rest!
Filing One Million Plates this Year!
This year’s annual breakfast was a celebration of the incredible growth in service thanks to the support of our community. In 2016, Our Neighbors’ Table provided 550,000 meals to nearly 3,000 local residents. This year we will fill one million plates for our neighbors in need – already reaching our projections for 2020. Read more about the breakfast and 2017 impact.
Every $1 Fills 1 More Plate
As a member of the ONT community, you believe that everyone in our community should have access to food. And you believe that ONT can make this possible and fight hunger in our community. As you reflect on all you are thankful for this holiday season, know that Our Neighbors’ Table is grateful for the support we receive from the community. We could not fill 1 million plates without you, as every $1 donated fills one more plate. Can we count on your gift to keep those plates full? On behalf of those we serve, thank you for giving the gift of food security. #platefull #grateful
Generosity fills the air this holiday season!
Local police, schools, churches and neighborhoods are hosting various events to keep plates filled through the holidays. Check out the complete list of ONT-supporting events!
This year’s annual breakfast was a celebration of the incredible growth in service thanks to the support of our community. In 2016, Our Neighbors’ Table provided 550,000 meals to nearly 3,000 local residents. This year we will fill one million plates for our neighbors in need – already reaching our projections for 2020.
This time last year, approximately 800 shoppers came through our market each month. Today, that number tops 1400 in a 4 week period. Guests are responding more than ever to the new level of dignity, effectiveness and efficiency offered by the Jardis-Taylor Center. And we anticipate that response to only continue to grow in the coming year as we seek to expand our programs to alleviate hunger for more individuals. Thank you to all the community partners, volunteers and supporters who have shaped our mission over the last 25 years. You are what is going to make our work possible for as long as there are people in our community who are hungry. In this spirit, the breakfast honored the Institution for Savings and Jim & Pat Smith, longtime volunteers, for their incredible support and contributions to ONT as the 2017 Community Champions.
We were thrilled to have over 200 attendees join us for the annual breakfast. Special thanks to Dana Marshall of 92.5 the River for serving as event emcee. We were also honored to have Erin Lynch, Executive Director of the Franklin Food Pantry, join us to share her moving story of her family’s personal struggle with hunger. The event closed with exciting announcement of a $5,000 challenge match from an anonymous donor and our guests were more than up for the challenge! They responded with $11,000 in donations, bringing our total raised to over $27,000 and putting over 27,000 meals on the table!
Thank you to all of our sponsors who helped make the event possible!
Did you ever wonder how the Wednesday Meal is prepared? Well, it takes many volunteers and two days to prepare the delicious and nutritious meals for our Wednesday night guests. Dedicated volunteers on Tuesday and Wednesday prepare the meal, set up the dining room and prepare the to-go meals.
This Volunteer Spotlight features our Wednesday morning Prep Volunteers. Meet Tony, Stu, Patricia, Chuck, Suzanne "Suz", Clarissa, and Sue who work tirelessly under the direction of Chef Jim Miller. There are many tasks in getting the dining room ready, such as washing the floors and setting up the tables and chairs. Our volunteers happily slice, dice, chop, scoop, bake, cook, and dance. Yes, dance! There are some Wednesday mornings you can find our faithful volunteers dancing to music while performing their respective tasks. The tables are beautifully adorned with floral arrangements created by our ingenious volunteer Ellie.
Wednesday Prep Volunteers have been volunteering at ONT for as little as 6 months and as long as 17 years. Some of the volunteers also volunteer at the Market doing various jobs there. Each volunteer came to ONT for different reasons: retirement, paying it forward, family tradition, in memory of a family member, wanting to do something for the community. But these volunteers come together for the same reasons, too. They all return to ONT for the friendships they make, commitment to help their community, and the happiness they feel preparing the meal for our guests. This joy keeps them coming back.