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.

The 6th Annual Firehouse Food Drive for SSKP, held across the shoreline on Saturday, April 8th, was a huge success, collecting a record-breaking amount of food and funds to benefit those in need. Volunteers from fire departments in Old Saybrook, Essex, Chester, Clinton, Westbrook and North Madison collected a whopping 5,239 pounds and $862 in donations, with the help of many generous members of the community.

To get the word out, firefighter Max Sabrin of Old Saybrook FD, brought together members of the media, including Harbor News/Shore Publishing; radio sponsors for the live remote broadcast at the OSFD with Lee Elci, 94.9 News Now; WBMW-Soft Rock 106.5 FM; Jammin' 107.7; Nicole Nalepa, Eyewitness 3 News, and Chief Meteorologist Gil Simmons of NEWS 8/WTNH.

In addition, the Old Saybrook Stop & Shop, Clinton Stop & Shop, and Old Saybrook Big Y, Colonial Market in Essex and Robert’s Food Market in Madison offered donation areas, manned by firehouse and community volunteers.

This outpouring of caring from the community will provide much needed food to fill the shelves at SSKP’s pantries this spring. “We are so thankful to all those who donated,” said Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director, “Most of all we want to thank the many fire house volunteers that worked so tirelessly to make this year’s drive such a huge success. We are grateful!”
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