By Times Staff
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — The holidays aren’t that far away, and The Open Door is gearing up to fill its food pantry shelves so it can help Cape Ann residents in need this season.
The Gloucester nonprofit organization kicked off its Thanksgiving basket and food drive season with its annual Autumn Breakfast at Cruiseport Gloucester last week.
The Open Door is taking applications from those who meet the income limits for the baskets now through Nov. 21 at its office at 28 Emerson Ave. The baskets contain a 14- to 15-pound turkey, potatoes, apples, carrots, squash, stuffing and gravy mixes, cranberries, and dinner rolls.
Those interested in helping, may donate $25 to cover the cost of a holiday basket by printing and mailing the Holiday Meal Basket Donation Form found on the non-profit’s website and check to The Open Door. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The food pantry will also be participating in the North Shore 104.9 Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23. Food donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Market Basket at Gloucester Crossing, Stop & Shop on Thatcher Road, and Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue.
More information is available at www.foodpantry.org.