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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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.

 

SSKP hopes to include as many fire departments as possible in the 11 shoreline towns they serve. So far, the Old Saybrook, Chester, Killingworth, Clinton, Niantic, Essex and Westbrook fire departments have committed to the event. All fire departments are welcome to participate.

 

At a time of year when food donations are low, this food will help to restock the pantries and ensure that everyone in our communities will have a place at the table.

The Soup Kitchens' five pantries combine to distribute approximately 17,000 pounds of food every week. Only 40% of this food comes from the CT Food Bank; the remainder must be either purchased or donated, so every item is appreciated. Last year's drive raised 6,500 pounds of food.

 

Please join the effort by bring your donation to a participating firehouse on April 11th. A big THANK YOU to all the participating Fire Departments!

 

The most needed items are:
  • Canned Meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)
  • Canned Fruits & Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned & Boxed Meals
  • Canned or Dried Beans
  • Pasta & Rice
  • Cereal

 

Items not accepted:
  • Rusty or Unlabeled Cans
  • Perishable Items
  • Homemade Items
  • Noncommercial Packaged or Canned Items
  • Alcoholic Beverages & Mixes
  • Open or Used Items

For more information call (860) 388-1988 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org.

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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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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