About Us


The Food Pantry's Story

Our Garden and its Future

The Food Pantry's Story

Hunger is real in Oakland County.  The Open Hands Food Pantry was started in a small closet to provide food for neighbors in need. Today it serves over 11,000 people annually with food and toiletries. Through the generosity of our all volunteer staff, Open Hands distributes food twice a week to 

Oakland County residents.  

Open Hands is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and has expanded to include the Open Hands garden to provide fresh produce to food pantry clients.

View our Values Statement and Operational Guidelines HERE

Watch the Open Hands Food Pantry Video  below.


Open Hands Board

Our Garden and its Future

The Food Pantry's Story

  • Bruce Donigan, Chair
  • Shawn Dry
  • Barbara Heath, Secretary
  • Cathy Holcomb, Treasurer
  • Virginia McCallum
  • Dennis Spatafora, Open Hands Garden
  • The Rev. Beth Taylor
  • Chuck Tucker
  • Janet Warren
  • Timi Wittig, Volunteer Coordinator, Interim Operations Manager


Our Garden and its Future

Our Garden and its Future

Our Garden and its Future

The Open Hands Garden was the brainchild of Dennis Spatafora.  Dennis, an engineer by profession, volunteered at Earthworks Urban Farm, a ministry of the Capuchins in Detroit and saw the impact of fresh produce on the food insecure.  He approached St. John's Episcopal Church for the use of their property. Through the work of a dedicated and hardworking core Steering Committee the garden was amazingly successful from the start. In 2017 the garden joined Open Hands under its independent 501(c)(3) non profit organization designation.  

Watch the Open Hands Garden video below and 

visit the garden's Facebook page.

Open Hands Food Pantry

Hunger is real in Oakland County

Open Hands Food Pantry has been providing food and toiletries to Oakland County residents since 1982. Now Open Hands is the largest food pantry in Oakland County.

Located in the lower level of St. John's Episcopal Church, Open Hands is a volunteer-run independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a member of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan.

Each year we serve over 11,000 clients. 

Watch this video to learn more about Open Hands 

Open Hands Garden

Watch this video to learn more about Open Hands  Garden

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 


Pantry @OpenHandsPantry.org