Food insecurity is one of the most dire and pressing needs facing the North Shore community. This December, PEM and The Salem Pantry are teaming up to launch Feeding Community, a joint initiative designed to raise awareness of food insecurity, secure essential funding, and recruit volunteers to support The Salem Pantry’s life-sustaining operations. And, we need everyone’s help.
The Salem Pantry’s mission is to eradicate hunger by providing Salem and North Shore residents in need with nutritious foods in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. This year, amid a pandemic and record unemployment, demand for food has increased precipitously. The Salem Pantry is now serving 6 times more people than normal and anticipates distributing nearly 1 million pounds of food this year.
PEM serves our community by providing experiences with art and culture that enrich the soul and transform people’s lives. Our museum is a community anchor and a place of civic gathering. We hope you will join us in giving monetary support, gifts of time, or food donations.
Through the month of December, financial contributions made to either PEM’s Annual Fund or The Salem Pantry will help unlock a generous challenge pledge of $20,000 from Larry and Atsuko Fish, of the Fish Family Foundation. Broad participation is a key component of this fundraising effort and once each organization receives 200 donations, the Feeding Community challenge gift will be distributed.
Your gift can help unlock this important funding!
Want to help? Here’s what you can do:
- Make a donation to The Salem Pantry and/or to PEM’s Annual Fund
- Sign up to volunteer at The Salem Pantry
- Donate non-perishable food items at PEM
- Amplify this project on social media using #FeedingCommunity
Your generosity helps keep our community nourished and vibrant — thank you!