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.

Meal site location:  Fridays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main Street, Centerbrook

Barbara Hesser, Site Coordinator, and volunteers cook and prepare meals for this location.  Most of the meals are prepared at homes.  Approximately 50 meals are served each month.

Here is a snapshot of one of the many Centerbrook meal site teams:


 The "4th Friday" Team at Trinity Lutheran Church in Centerbrook, serving lunch on July 25th, 2014. (l-r) Anna Daly, Jill DeLea, Sharon Crockett and Pete Harder.

Date of Visit: July 25th, 2014

Meal Time: Friday Lunch from 12 noon to 1:00 PM

Today's Team: "The 4th Friday" at Trinity Lutheran Church of Centerbrook

When: You guessed it - the 4th Friday of the Month!

Team History: This group met when they all responded to a call for volunteers three years ago. They were at the SSKP Volunteer Orientation, and the rest is history. The team works well together because they all enjoy each others company, and everyone is flexible.

Special Meal: Once the team asked a long-time guest, whose wife had passed away, to remember his favorite meal that his wife used to make for him. He told them about her special meatloaf, and the next month they served a delicious meatloaf with mashed potatoes.

Team Highlights: Many members of this team also volunteer twice a month when SSKP helps distribute food from the CT Food Bank Mobile Pantry, which makes visits to Old Saybrook and Clinton. Another special touch at this site was how the guests are served. All the food is plated up in the kitchen, and each plate is brought out to the guests at the table, like in a restaurant. The tables are decorated with charming nautical centerpieces made of lanterns, shells and beach glass.

The Menu: Delicious pulled pork sandwiches, fresh fruit salad, homemade coleslaw, potato salad, and pastries.

Something Special: One of the key members, Lee Webb, was out today for a very special reason - last week she gave birth to twin boys!


Pete Harder

Team: “The 4th Fridays”
Town: Centerbrook, at Trinity Lutheran Church
Years on the Team: 3
Job: We all work together. I usually come early to set up.
Extra Volunteering:  I also help SSKP to give food when the CT Mobile Pantry visits Clinton and Old Saybrook.
How did you join the Team? When I retired I wanted to give back, and I had heard good things about the Soup Kitchens.
Fun Fact: I love to garden. For the fruit salad today, I grew the blueberries, wineberries, peaches and pears.
Sharon Crockett

“The 4th Fridays”
Town: Centerbrook, at Trinity Lutheran Church
Years on the Team: 3
Job: I cook and we all help serve and clean up.
Extra Volunteering:  Like the others on the team, I help SSKP when the CT Mobile Pantry comes to give out food.
What I like to cook:  I really enjoy baking.
Favorite pastime: I like to kayak and bike.
How did you join the Team? I was volunteering at the Common Good Gardens, and I saw a notice for SSKP volunteers.
Jill DeLea

Team: "The 4th Fridays"

Town: Centerbrook, at Trinity Lutheran

Years on the Team: 3

Job: We all share.
Extra Volunteering: I also help SSKP give out food with the CT Food Bank Mobile Pantry.

Interesting recipe: I enjoy experimenting with different kinds of scalloped potatoes, especially with cheese.

How did you join the Team? I joined with my friend when we saw a call for volunteers in the paper.

Fun Fact: I never cook at home - only in the soup kitchen!
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