New Hours to Address COVID
Saturdays 9:00 am - 11 am
11 Mile and Woodward Ave in Royal Oak, MI
An Important Message to our Guests
We are open on Saturdays from 9:00am – 11:00am for drive-through food distribution!
Note: Beginning on May 15, Open Hands hours will be 9:00am to 10:30am on Saturdays
Open Hands Food Pantry will be open on Saturday mornings for the near future to serve guests. We have arrived at a plan for food distribution that will keep our guests and volunteers safe. Food distribution includes shelf stable groceries, fresh meat, and toiletries. Most often, we also have fresh vegetables and fruit available to distribute. Some additional personal items such as diapers and feminine hygiene products are distributed when available.
We are open at 9:00am and the distribution is a drive-through method. Enter the parking lot from 11 Mile. Cars will make several stops and then will be directed to the front of the church. Volunteers will place bags in the trunk of your vehicle. Guests must remain in their vehicle through the entire process to maintain social distancing. We suggest that guests arrive with an empty trunk to ensure proper storage space. We also ask that guests and volunteers wear masks.
To those without access to a vehicle, you are welcome to ‘walk up’, while maintaining six feet of social distance.
We plan to be open on Saturdays only for the near future.
Open Hands is pleased to be able to support our community!
UPDATE: The partnership with Meijer Simply Give has been extended through July 3!
Help feed your neighbors when you shop at Meijer-Woodward Corner Market!
Open Hands Food Pantry has joined forces with the Meijer Simply Give hunger relief program. Now through July 3, when you shop at the Woodward Corner Market located at 30955 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48073 (13 Mile and Woodward) either in-store or online using Meijer pickup or home delivery, consider adding a Simply Give donation card to your basket. Your donation directly benefits Open Hands. In-store, the cards will be available at the check-out area.
Share this with your friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers because every dollar makes a difference! When we give, Meijer gives.
For every $10 Simply Give donation card purchased on Double Match Days -- Saturday, April 3 and Saturday, June 19 -- Meijer will double match the contribution, meaning they will donate an additional $20. This means Open Hands will receive a total of $30 for every $10 a customer donates on those days.
We sincerely thank our friends at Meijer for helping Open Hands feed our guests!
Thank you, Comerica Bank, for supporting Open Hands Food Pantry and helping to fight hunger in Royal Oak! Taken at the new Downtown Royal Oak branch.
(Pictured here with Board Members Virginia McCallum and Joey Spano)
Our friend and partner, Gleaners Community Food Bank, is distributing food at several locations. These are drive-up mobile sites in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston and Monroe counties, and are available to all who need food. They will safely place food in your trunk while you stay in your car. Walking guests also welcome and social distancing will be kept.
Thank you for your interest in Open Hands Food Pantry and Garden! This is the place to find information about all that we do, with your help and support, for the community.
If you need food, check out the "Need Food?" section. You'll find our hours, our location and more there.
If you would like to donate food or money to help us feed our clients, go to the "Donate" and "Give" pages. That's the place to learn about how to do a food drive, our most needed food items, and the ways to get cash donations to us.
We love our volunteers! The "Volunteer" page has information about becoming a volunteer -- short or long term.
Do you shop on Amazon? If you do, you can automatically make money for Open Hands Food Pantry. Here’s how:
AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com (it’s the same Amazon merchandise, links to your account – just type in smile.amazon.com or AmazonSmile in your browser rather than Amazon.
In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. At the selection screen, choose Open Hands Food Pantry, Royal Oak MI. (If you have an account with Amazon, this will be automatically saved for you for future purchases). There are really simple instructions that you can Google, or call and we’ll help you. Again, once you set this up, for eligible purchases made through AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price to Open Hands Food Pantry. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you.
Hooray, its almost almost Solar Spring! ‘What does that mean’ you say? On the calendar it represents the half way point between the Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox. It roughly coincides with a more notable date, “Groundhog Day”. Now you say ‘so what’? Well, it means more than ten hours of daylight and more bright, sunny days. It may still be cold outside, but inside the Hoop House the crops started last October will be loving the warmth and start accelerating their growth and more seed will be sown to increase the over-winter harvesting that started around Thanksgiving. With the ever increasing demand, this will be most welcome by the guests of Open Hands every Saturday morning!
In addition, it will soon be time to start cool weather seedlings for planting in April. If any of this interests you or you want to get involved, please email Dennis Spatafora click here. The Garden Steering Committee has been working safely throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so.
Open Hands is a community-based non-profit food pantry and garden that provides assistance to and elevates the dignity of our neighbors in Oakland County.
St. John's Episcopal Church
26998 Woodward Avenue at 11 Mile
Royal Oak MI 48067