New Hours to Address COVID
Saturdays 9:30 am - 11 am
11 Mile and Woodward Ave in Royal Oak, MI
An Important Message to our Guests
We are open on Saturday’s from 9:30am – 11:00am for drive-through food distribution!
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 9:30am 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!
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 termp.
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.
Through a partnership with the Oakland University engineering department this past summer, the Open Hands Garden was the recipient of an automated irrigation system designed by Oakland University engineers as their capstone project.
The automated watering system that was designed, programmed, installed, and calibrated by these Oakland University engineers who donated their time as talents as part of their senior engineering course will ensure that Open Hands Garden plants are always well watered and producing – no matter what the weather!
A very special thank you to all those involved with the project! Your dedication and design supports the garden that feeds Open Hands Pantry clients!
Gerone Ezra Jimenez
CLICK HERE FOR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT THE GARDEN!
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