The mission of The Salem Pantry is to eradicate hunger in the Salem Community by providing residents in need with nutritious foods in an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
Where We Are Headed
Since 2018, The Salem Pantry and other community partners have have made progress on the dire situation of food insecurity in Salem and now residents in two of these four areas have access to emergency food twice per month. What about the rest of the month for these neighbors? What about the other neighborhoods that still have no food pantry access? Here's what we are looking to do in the future:
Establish two more mobile markets, one in each of Salem’s areas of highest need (Castle Hill & Pequot Highlands)
Expansion of current mobile markets so that Salem residents have weekly access to food at Espacio and SSU
Increase collaboration among Salem emergency food providers
Purchase truck for obtaining food donations
Obtain storefront property for permanent pantry location
Hire Salem Pantry staff (Executive Director, Truck Driver, Pantry Coordinator)
History of The Salem Pantry
1991: The Salem Pantry created by First Unitarian Universalist Church members to provide Salem residents with nutritious emergency food at the end of each month when budgets are spread thin; pantry operates one Saturday/month.
August 2018: The Salem Pantry operates first monthly mobile market at Espacio, in collaboration with North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC); 100 new Salem residents pick up fresh produce and shelf stable items in their own neighborhood.
The Salem Pantry, in partnership with Peabody’s Citizen's Inn/Haven From Hunger and NSCDC begin offering Fresh Harvest Mobile Markets twice each month at Espacio
The Salem Pantry, in partnership with Peabody’s Citizen's Inn/Haven From Hunger and Salem State University (SSU) launches second Fresh Harvest Mobile Market at SSU, with easy access for the SSU community and Rainbow Terrace residents
“A food insecurity map of Salem shows that none of the food pantries in Salem are located in the neighborhoods experiencing the highest rates of food insecurity...”