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Food pantry opens new facility in downtown Maynard

Open Table, a food pantry and meal resource for families and individuals in need, has opened its new headquarters at 33 Main St. in downtown Maynard.

The custom-designed space allows Open Table to better serve its guests with both a grocery-style pantry experience and a permanent kitchen for cooking and serving weekly dinners, said Jeanine Calabria, executive director of Open Table.

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“Being able to operate out of our own home is a real game changer for Open Table,” said Calabria. “We no longer have to worry about losing our space or whether we can accommodate food donations. Instead, we can focus on our core mission of meeting the needs of all our guests.”

The new site features dedicated refrigeration and freezer space, and a fully equipped kitchen. As a result, Calabria said, Open Table will be able to provide a stable environment and a reliable source of food for community members in need, anonymity for pantry guests who can visit outside of busy community supper hours, and more storage.

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The new space will allow Open Table to offer more comprehensive programs such as menu planning, budgeting, cooking demonstrations, and workshops on living with chronic illnesses like diabetes and heart ailments.

The new Maynard facility is being financed by an ongoing capital campaign. To date, the Open Table Capital Campaign has raised half of its goal of $1.2 million towards the purchase and renovation of the former Aubuchon Hardware building.

For more information, visit www.opentable.org.

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Founded in 1989, Open Table offers weekly community supper programs and food pantries in Concord and Maynard to more than 300 guests.

Jennifer Fenn Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com.
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