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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“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.

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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