Posted by Bob Wicks on Nov 23, 2022
Once again this year, Ipswich-Rowley Rotarians gathered at the local branch of The Open Door Food Pantry in Ipswich to assist in packing and distributing Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need in our communities.  Jennifer Perry, Operations Manager and an Ipswich-Rowley Rotarian, expressed her gratitude to the Rotarians and their family members who participated.  
Rotarians who pitched in during the Thanksgiving preparations were Mary Foote-Hill, Ingrid Miles and her husband Steve, Heidi VonAsch, John Witzig and his son Matt.  On hand directing operations was local Food Pantry Coordinator, and former Rotarian, Rev Glenn Prescott. 
The Open Door prepares and distributes holiday baskets twice each year, in November for Thanksgiving, and in December for the winter Holidays.  Baskets are distributed free and are packed with good food to help recipients prepare delicious and nutritious holiday meals at home, using their own recipes and contributing to family traditions and memories.
The baskets are distributed from the pantry’s pickup locations at the Gloucester Food Pantry and the Ipswich Community Food Pantry.  Contents include such mouth-watering items as turkey, potatoes, apples, carrots, butternut squash, gravy, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, cornbread mix, yams, and green beans.  
You too can help make lives better during this time of rising prices and food insecurity.  Make a donation on the food pantry website at  Thank you.   
Happy Thanksgiving to all.  We’ll see you in December.       
In the photo above:  John and Matt Witzig, Mary Foote-Hill, Ingrid and Steve Miles, and Heidi VonAsch
To the right: The Rotarians are joined by The Rev Glenn Prescott.