Open Hands Food Pantry & Garden

Open Hands Food Pantry & Garden

Open Hands Food Pantry & GardenOpen Hands Food Pantry & GardenOpen Hands Food Pantry & Garden

    Saturdays 9:30 am - 11 am

11 Mile and Woodward Ave in Royal Oak, MI

An Important Message To Our Guests

We are reopening!

Beginning Saturday, April 4, and every Saturday for the near future, Open Hands Food Pantry will be open to serve guests. We have arrived at a plan for food distribution that will keep our guests and volunteers safe. Food distribution will not include any frozen food, including meat at this time. Personal items will be limited to hand soap and toilet paper based on availability.

We will open at 9:30 AM and the distribution will be by a drive-through method. Enter the parking lot from 11 Mile. Cars will be directed to the front of the church and a volunteer will place bags in the trunk of the vehicle. Guests must remain in their vehicle through the entire process to maintain appropriate social distancing.

We plan to be open on Saturdays only for the near future.

We are so pleased to be able to help support our community!


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, or as part of a group. 

Need more information, or do you want to contact us? The "Contact Us","FAQs" and  "Values/Guidelines" pages under "More" may help. 

Give to Fight Hunger

Can you help close our funding gap?

 The need for food assistance is significant in our community. 

In 2015, more than 123,000 people including 35,000 children were living below the poverty level in Oakland County.

Open Hands is on track to provide food to nearly 14,000 people in 2017.   

Due to the rising cost of food and the end of a $30,000 annual grant, we are seeking additional funding sources and donors to close this gap and meet the needs of our neighbors.     

Would you consider making a contribution to Open Hands Food Pantry to help us during the holidays and coming year? 

Swirl Cupcakes

New Opportunity to support Open Hands!

Swirl Cupcakes is a non-profit business that has identified Open Hands Food Pantry as the recipient of their profits. Support Open Hands by placing an order through their site!

Orders can be placed at

Oakland University Partnership


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!   

Alexa Uljaj 

Gerone Ezra Jimenez  

Thomas Herzog 

Jason Hurst 

Benjamin Hayes 

John Falvey 

Bryan Johnson 

Taylor Bodenmiller 

Christopher Folden 

Robert Grooms 

Sapan Patel  

Ryan Schultz 

Simon Shammami 

Dane Zetouna  

Michelle Nguyen 

James Galat 

Karolos Mishreky  

Zachary Bussey  


Open Hands Food Pantry and Garden

Mission Statement:

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.

Located inside 

St. John's Episcopal Church

26998 Woodward Avenue at 11 Mile

Royal Oak MI 48067