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.

Meal site location:  Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church, 336 Main Street, Old Saybrook

Five teams of volunteers cook and prepare meals in the Grace Church kitchen. After everyone is served, guests are able to take home leftovers. Approximately 175 meals are served each month. 

Members of Old Saybrook's YFS Hunger Awareness Camp served lunch to our guests on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 as part of their week of service and learning with SSKP.


Here is a snapshot of one of several Old Saybrook meal site teams:


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The Grace Church Team of Old Saybrook serving lunch on July 2nd, 2014. (l-r) Teri Sokolowski, Jackie Phyfe, Marguerite Noyes, Ellie Sola and Tom Bresnahan. Not pictured, Mike LeConche.


Date of Visit: July 2nd, 2014


Meal Time: Lunch from 12 noon to 1:00 PM


Today’s Team: Grace Church Team of Old Saybrook


When: First Wednesday  of the Month


A Bit of “Site History”: From 1990 - 1995 there was a much smaller kitchen, and only 2 or 3 guest tables, with a lunch 
that focused on salads and sandwiches. In 2000 the space was completely renovated, with the wonderful large industrial kitchen
currently in use, with many long guest tables  in the dining area.


Special Meal: Every fall this Team cooks a special Oktoberfest  meal  with knockwurst, homemade red cabbage, homemade
sauerkraut, German potato salad, apple sauce and Black Forest Cake!


Team Highlights: Everyone has a special job that makes things run smoothly. On most days Eileen (who was away today)
comes to do all the dishwashing. (In fact Eileen does this for all 4 Grace Teams!!) Mike mans the dessert table while Jackie focuses
on setting the tables and making the dining room look welcoming.  Today’s cooks, Teri and Tom, came in early to make sure all
the food was cooked and ready, and Ellie and Marguerite helped serve, welcome and clean up. Gunlog Millet, who also cooks and
plans meals for this Team, was away today, but will be back very soon.


The Menu: This meal featured ziti with Italian sauce and meatballs, a green garden salad, a cucumber salad, a fresh fruit salad,
and toasted garlic bread, with iced tea, lemonade and a wide assortment of cakes.


Something Special: Throughout the meal guests were treated to lovely classical piano playing by Julia Bjornberg. At the end
of the meal all the guests were able to take home freshly picked heads of lettuce, kale and swiss chard from the Common
Good Gardens.






Jackie Phyfe
Team: Grace Episcopal Church
Town: Old Saybrook
Years on the Team: 20
Jobs: Setting the tables & serving
Favorite thing:  Using special cloth tablecloths, bringing in extra large paper napkins, the tall  cut glass drinking glasses for the guests, and every table has a vase with flower arrangements to match the season. Today the tables have red white and blue flowers for the 4th of July.




Teri Sokolowski
Team: Grace Episcopal Church
Town: Old Saybrook
Years on the Team: 5
Job: Cooking and organizing
Extra Volunteering:  I come in every Wednesday and help all 4 teams. In August I lead a crew to sanitize all the appliances.
Why did you join the Team? After my husband passed away, I wanted to help my church and community.  God gave me a love of cooking and I want to share it.
Favorite thing:  This year  we scored 100% on our State inspection!




Tom Bresnahan
Team: Grace Episcopal Church
Town: Old Saybrook
Years on the Team: 2
Job: Cook
Favorite thing:  I love to cook! Tonight I’m making chicken pot pies with phyllo crust. I cook every day.
How did you join the Team? I  knew when I retired that this was something I wanted to do.
Fun Fact: To celebrate Christmas, I like to go to the city, spend a few hundred dollars on take-out meals and hand them out to people on the street.






Mike LeConche
Team: Grace Episcopal Church
Town: Old Saybrook
Years on the Team: 3
Job: Dessert Table
Philosophy:  It’s always nice to help people out.
How did you join the Team? Other people told me about it, and it sounded like fun.
Favorite thing: I  like being nice to people!



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