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Our Story

Original Logo

Original Logo


The Open Pantry was founded in Lowell in 1981 from an outgrowth of local church groups who saw a need in the community for short-term food assistance. We were originally designed to accommodate those persons not qualifying for other programs, thus making our services a last resort. Currently, clients can return to The Open Pantry every 30 days.

The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell has operated as an independent, non-denominational not-for-profit organization for almost 30 years. A founder of The Open Pantry designed our original logo.


Mission Statement

The mission of The Open Pantry is to relieve hunger in our community. We aim to connect people to a variety of filling, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate food as well as to other community resources; to advocate on behalf of those in need locally, statewide, and nationally; and to engage with others in building food security.

Learn more about Community Food Security programs