New Hours to Address COVID
Saturdays 9:00 am - 10:30 am
11 Mile and Woodward Ave in Royal Oak, MI
We are open on Saturdays from 9:00am – 10:30am for drive-through food distribution!
Please note that Open Hands will not distribute food on Saturday, August 21 because of the Woodward Dream Cruise.
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 January 2, 2022!
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 October 2, 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 Day -- Saturday, December 11 -- 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!
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.
Look at the results of the first garden harvest for 2021! Nine bins of produce and a pretty full fridge.
Open Hands Garden continued to operate throughout the pandemic as an essential activity in support of Open Hands Food Pantry weekly food distribution. The Garden Steering Committee is ready to safely re-engage with our ranks of fabulous volunteers!
Join us on Thursday evenings from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Go to the Volunteer tab to find the SignUpGenius link.
No experience or tools required. A garden leader(s) will be there to assist and direct you. The main activity will be harvesting & packing fresh produce for distribution at the Saturday morning drive-thru. Weeding & cultivating the soil and planting may be occasionally included. Children under 18 are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. This is an outdoor activity but we will follow safe practices of social distancing and mask wearing.
Hunger is real especially during these trying times. Please help us feed our neighbors in need!
Open Hands is a community-based non-profit food pantry and garden that provides assistance to and elevates the dignity of our neighbors.
St. John's Episcopal Church
26998 Woodward Avenue at 11 Mile
Royal Oak MI 48067