Feeding the Hungry Along the Shoreline

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Our mission is made possible because of the generous support of our community. You can make a difference:  volunteer, hold a food drive, or make a financial contribution.  (Note:  Checks should be made out to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries and sent to PO Box 804, Essex, CT  06426.)

Donate Time

Donate Time

Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty on the shoreline.
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Donate Food

Food Donations

Perishable and non-perishable food can be donated at times convenient to you.  
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The Women’s Exchange of Old Lyme presented a donation of $1,000 to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) to purchase food for distribution to those in need along the Connecticut shoreline.  The donation was presented at SSKP’s Old Lyme Pantry to manager Marie Farrell. This pantry, located at the First Congregational Church in Old Lyme, distributed enough food for over 273,000 meals in 2013.

The Women’s Exchange began over 180 years ago, offering craftswomen across America a place to sell their handmade goods, to bring in extra income. Over the years, many of the artists who sold their crafts at Women’s Exchanges did so to help put food on their families’ table. Today only 19 remain, and one of these is a shop in Old Lyme called The Lyme Tree continues this. With this donation SSKP will be able to provide enough food for 2,380 meals for local families struggling with poverty and food insecurity.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Women’s Exchange of Old Lyme,” said Patty Dowling, executive director of SSKP. “Because of their tradition of charity and opportunity, we are able to make a place at the table for those in our community who are in need.”

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Stories of Giving

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All our heartfelt thanks to those in our community who work so hard to help feed our neighbors in need. 
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Wish List

Wish List

There are always items we need at the soup kitchens.  If you would like to donate the following please call our office to arrange delivery at 860-388-1988.
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Planned Giving & Stocks

Planned Giving: 

By including The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries in your will, you can be assured that your support of those in need will continue as your legacy. Learn More

Gifts of Stock:  

Donors may transfer stocks and securities to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.
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Donor Privacy Policy

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries (SSKP) respects your privacy. Our Donor Privacy Policy is based on one created by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.

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