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.
Santa's Workshop at Open Hands is a place where parents and grandparents can choose holiday gifts for children ages birth through 12 years old. The Workshop's grand opening is on Monday, December 2 and will continue each Monday and Saturday during our open hours until December 23.
We rely on donations to stock the Workshop with gifts. We need new, unwrapped toys, games, crafts, books, stocking stuffers, hats and mittens. No dollar store items, please.
Some suggestions are: balls (basketballs, soccer balls, footballs, etc.); building sets (for boys and girls); action figures; interactive toys for babies and toddlers (no battery operated toys please); trucks; cars; dolls (especially dolls of color); tea or cooking sets; craft sets; puzzles; games; board books; picture books; chapter books, coloring books, crayons, etc.
To donate items for Santa's Workshop, bring your gifts to St. John's Episcopal Church and deliver them to the church office. There is also an area to receive donations at the top of the stairs at the main entrance from the parking lot. Contact us with any questions.
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?
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
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Solar Panel Installed to Power System