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.

Grammy Award-winning pianist George Winston will be performing at The Kate on April 14th, and has invited attendees to show their support by bringing donations of food and funds for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.


George Winston, one of the best known performers playing contemporary instrumental music, regularly supports organizations dedicated to hunger relief. At every concert he asks the audience to bring food items to support a local food pantry, and always donates proceeds from concert CD sales to help feed the hungry.


For the 4th year, local Fire Departments are hosting an area-wide food drive to collect non-perishable food for area residents in need.


The fire stations will be open to receive donations of non-perishable food on Saturday, April 11th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The donations will go to five local food pantries run by SSKP.

“Stamp Out Hunger” is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation, and a great way to help fill the pantry shelves at The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.


This year on Saturday, May 9th, letter carriers will collect bags of healthy, non-perishable food that people have set out by their mailboxes. Donations are delivered to the Post Office where they are sorted and then taken to local food distribution agencies including The Shoreline Soup Kitchen’s 5 shoreline pantries.

The “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is so important to SSKP because in the spring the amount of donated food is much lower. According to a recent study by the United Way called "ALICE" (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), 25% of Middlesex County residents struggle to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, childcare, and transportation.  These struggling families rely on SSKP pantries to help put food on their tables.

Please watch for a notice from your letter carries and help us “Stamp out Hunger” on May 9th!


For more information about the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit facebook.com/StampOutHunger.

During the 2014-15 school year, members of the PTO collaborating with staff and students have organized and implemented an Empty Bowls community service project at Westbrook Middle School.  Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger and was created by The Imagine Render Group. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity.


Over 350 bowls were glazed by hundreds of parents, neighbors, students, and staff from the Westbrook community.  A culminating event took place on January 29 with over 230 members of the community in attendance.  Money raised from the event was given to two local charities – Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries, and End Hunger Connecticut.


On February 26, Westbrook Middle School students from all grade levels who volunteered for the event helped WMS principal Cori DiMaggio to present a check for $1,500 to Patty Dowling, Executive Director of Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries.


Thanks to all who contributed to the Empty Bowls project - truly an amazing effort!


For more information about these sessions and the project go to the WMS PTO Empty Bowls blog at http://wmsemptybowls.westbrookctschools.org/.




(Photo by Liz Egan)

On February 26, Westbrook Middle School students from all grade levels helped WMS principal Cori DiMaggio present a check for $1500 to Patty Dowling, Executive Director of Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. The money was raised from the school’s five-month long community service activity, The Empty Bowls Project, spearheaded by the WMS PTO Climate Committee.


More than 425 local businesses and individuals came together and donated an incredible $137,747 to benefit the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries through the Gowrie Group Challenge. Not only did the challenge surpass the declared goal of raising $125,000, but more donors than ever before participated in the challenge.

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