Feeding the Hungry Along the Shoreline

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get helpThe Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries is an interfaith service that provides food and fellowship to those in need and educates our community on hunger and poverty.

Welcome to the Clinton Pantry! We are presently serving an average of over 100 families per week on Wednesday nights. We have a wonderful group of volunteers who will make you feel welcome whether you would like to shop or donate or volunteer.

Food Pantry location:

First Church of Christ, Congregational, 55 Church Road, Clinton
Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Note:   Donations accepted on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

For other times to donate - please call 860-388-1988 to schedule a time to drop off your donation.  Thank you.

Thank you Asif John Hussaini from Beach Donut!  You are an angel!  John brings the volunteers at the SSKP pantry in Clinton free donuts. What a treat!


John from Beach Donut frequently drops off these beautiful donuts for the volunteers!


Providing bags of groceries for our guests - March 18, 2020:


Clinton Rotary raised funds and with Liberty Bank's help of a 25% match donated $8,011.40 to us.

L to R:  Dee Tully, Lynn Smith and Ashley Crete.


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Rebecca Dollahite from Girl Scout Troop 64057 in Madison is going for her "Gold Award" in scouting. This is Rebecca standing next to a ramp she built for our pantry. Before the ramp was installed there was a dangerous step up for people exiting the pantry. This is a wonderful safety project that many will appreciate for years to come. Her project was to also repair and paint all the doorways in the pantry rooms in which she did a beautiful job, and she is currently working on providing new curtains for the pantry room. Her hard work is extremely appreciated.


Julia Callis

Julia Callis from Troop 63350 is going for her "Gold Award" in scouting. This is Julia passing out samples of recipes to the guests at the SSKP pantry in Clinton on August 21, 2019. Her project was to have a recipe board that contained recipes for the produce that are donated to the pantry guests each summer from the local gardens. The board was extremely appreciated and will be used for many years to come.

Girl Scout Recipe Board - recipes for the produce from the Food for All Garden will be posted on this page going forward.  Click here for information.

Jessie George, Joe Courtney, Lin Smith - August 2017.


A few of the morning crew hard at work.


First Church of Christ in Clinton, the host site of the pantry in Clinton, kicked off their first month of a year-long celebration of the church's 350th year.








Items most needed at the Clinton Pantry:

Individual snack items for school or work
Canned meat:  tuna, ham, chicken, etc.
Juice:  Any size, any kind
Fruit:  Any kind of shelf stable
Health and Beauty Products:  Soaps, shampoos, razors, etc.


Food For All Garden:


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Thank you so much to all the wonderful groups who are holding food drives for the Clinton pantry!



To volunteer, please attend our new volunteer meeting on the second Tuesday of every month at Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook.  No pre-registration required.  Teens: 5:30 p.m.  Adults:  6:30 p.m.

How to sign up for food at the Clinton Pantry:
1.  Arrive at the pantry no earlier than 5:25 p.m.
2.  Bring a document or identification that shows your picture, your name and your current local address.  Picture proof that you live in one of the towns we serve is necessary.
3.  Bring cloth shopping bags if you have them - otherwise we will provide plastic bags.
4.  At 5:35 p.m. random numbers will be handed out.
5.  At 5:45 p.m. the numbers will be called in consecutive order, so if your number is 90 - you will not be called until after 6:45 p.m.  Please note:  If you are late and your number has been called - that is fine - just come in and you will be able to shop.
6.  When your number is called you fill out a simple form that asks for your name, address, and the names and ages of the people in your family.  You show your proof of address and you are given a ribbon to put onto your carriage (that we provide) that tells the volunteers how many people are in your family.
7.  You are given a shopping cart and bags if you need them.
8.  You walk around the tables and may choose from each food category according to the signs posted.  The amount of food you may have is according to the amount of people in your family.  There are volunteers to help you at each table.
9.  When you are done shopping there usually are volunteers with outside carts to help you to your car.
10.  The next time you visit the pantry, you only have to tell us your name to sign in.


Here is a "snapshot" of the Clinton Pantry volunteers in September of 2014:




The Clinton Pantry - Formerly at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Advent in Clinton


Date of Visit: September 10th, 2014


Pantry Distribution Time: Every Wednesday from 5:45 to 7:45 PM


Special offerings: Today there was an abundance of fresh garden produce from the  Church’s “Food For All” garden growing right behind the pantry.  This included tomatoes (all sizes!), peppers, both sweet & hot, zucchini, eggplant, tomatillos, kale, fresh herbs, beans, shallots, cabbage and fresh flowers.


Today’s Challenge: Today the team was a bit short staffed, but everyone pulled together.


Some Team Details:  Currently there are 48 members of this team of volunteers. There is an “Early Day” group of 4 - 6 members who coordinate mid-day food deliveries and set up the tables in the room. (Some of them stay on for the second shift as well.) Then the “Late Day” group arrives, finishes the set-up and stays through the distribution and clean-up.


Going the “Extra Mile”:  So many of the volunteers go above and beyond. For instance, several times a year, one of the volunteers organizes an outdoor “party” for the guests with pizza, drinks, and prizes for the children!  Plans are currently underway to include a children’s movie projected outside for the kids to watch while their parents are waiting to go to the pantry.


Below are interviews with several of the 48 wonderful and hardworking volunteers of the Clinton Pantry. We are grateful for each and every one of these outstanding volunteers who give so much of their time and effort to help others!




Bob Eburg


Years helping at the Pantry: 8


Job: Assistant Pantry Manager


Favorite thing: This pantry is something that really means a lot to me. We are super welcoming to people who come , and I'm proud to be a part of that.


How did you join the Team? I saw a notice in the paper. I had been helping a group in New Haven, but wanted to help more, and this was closer to home.


Fun Fact: I'm getting a fiddle in the mail tomorrow! I've never played a musical instrument, and I'm going to try to learn.







Celeste Denison


Years helping at the Pantry: 2 1/2


Job: Bob calls me his "Utility Infielder" - I help wherever he needs me!


What the pantry means to you: I feel like I'm doing something to help people. It's very satisfying.


How did you join the Team? When I retired I became a pantry volunteer. I had heard of SSKP and it was something I had always wanted to do.


Fun Fact: I'm a huge sports fan!







Sonja Gibbs


Years helping at the Pantry: 11


Job: I distribute the soup, canned fruit and beans.


Favorite thing: My favorite thing is the people...those who work here and those who come. I consider both to be my friends.


How did you join the Team? I became a volunteer the week after the pantry started! I had just retired as a librarian, and I read about it in the paper. Back then we gave out pre-packed bags.


Fun Fact: For 40 years I've played in a recorder group called The Circle Consortium Recorder Ensemble .














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