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 Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County through the generosity of six funds: the John A. Barr, Jr. Fund, the Kalayjian Family Fund, the Herb and Ellen Patterson Memorial Fund, the Preston Family Fund, the Riverview Cemetery Fund, and the Sherry and Herb Clark Family Fund. This generous grant will purchase fresh and non-perishable food to be distributed to needy families and individuals on the shoreline.

“SSKP is so grateful for this grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. So many generous funders came together to make sure that all our neighbors will have a place to turn to for food and fellowship. We are thankful to know that this community of caring is so supportive of our mission. Today we can provide enough food for a meal for 34¢, so with these funds we will be able to provide over 14,700 meals.” said Patty Dowling, executive director of SSKP.

“Basic needs, including access to nutritious food, continue to be an important issue impacting the quality of life in our communities,” stated Cynthia H. Clegg, President & CEO of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County. “The Community Foundation is grateful to the many individuals and organizations who have established funds to support our competitive grant making process. Through their generosity, we are able to support essential programs and nonprofits serving those most in need today, such as the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. Together we are making an impact because Philanthropy Matters. Philanthropy Works.”

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries provides food and fellowship to people in need and educates the community about hunger and poverty, serving 11 Connecticut shoreline towns. Last year with a small staff and over 900 dedicated volunteers, SSKP distributed enough food for over 1 million meals to over 8,000 shoreline neighbors in need. For information about how to receive help, or how to support SSKP’s mission, visit www.shorelinesoupkitchens.org, or call (860) 388-1988.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of the County, now and in the future, by developing endowments, making grants that have impact and assisting donors in meeting their philanthropic objectives. Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has awarded 1,564 grants totaling more than $4.7 million for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities, environmental improvements and for health and human services.

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(l-r) Thayer Talbott, Senior Director of Programs & Operations, with Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director.

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