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.



Please contact Audrey Brainerd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Gifts of Stock

Donors may transfer stocks and securities to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.

You Can Also Make A Difference with A Donor Advised Fund

With the new tax laws, you might want to consider establishing a Donor Advised Fund (DAF). Donor Advised Funds allow individuals, families, and businesses to understand the needs of the community and invest in areas they care deeply about.

Donor Advised Fund holders recommend where the Fund’s dollars might do the most good, year in and year out. They become active philanthropists and investors in the future of our community.

A DAF is a great way to get your entire family – or your employee teams – involved in making a difference.

You Can Make a Difference With Your Charitable IRA

People 70 ½ and older can transfer up to $100,000 per year from individual retirement accounts (IRAs) to charity - without incurring federal income taxes today or estate and income taxes in the future.

Contact our office for more information about these options. 
You can make a difference in the lives of those in need in our community. We rely on volunteers, fund and food donations to make our mission possible.  Join us today!

Our volunteers make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty on the shoreline.    Whether cooking a meal, distributing food —they are how The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries makes our mission come alive.

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries has many opportunities to volunteer at our meal sites and pantries.

Our volunteers understand the unique nature of SSKP and know that without all those who own the work of providing food and fellowship to those in need it would not be as successful.  This shared ownership of our mission by the community, faith organizations, and our volunteers is what makes our work possible.

The philosophy of The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries mandates fair, honest, courteous and equitable treatment of all guests, employees and volunteers.  The privacy of each individual must be respected.  This is to insure that each person leaves our locations with all the dignity and pride in his or her uniqueness that they deserve.

The individuals and families served by The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries are a diverse population with a wide variety of backgrounds and circumstances. In your time working or volunteering with us, you may see or hear something that seems out of line with your perception of a “typical” Soup Kitchen guest. Considering this, it is important for each of us to always remember that appearances can be quite deceiving.

While it is perhaps a natural response to form an opinion about a person based on their outward appearance, we in fact know very little about our guests’ financial status and living situation. As such, all who request our help will receive it equally and without prejudice or judgment. Additionally, the people we serve will, at all times, be treated with dignity and respect. No employee or volunteer will make negative or derogatory comments about any of our guests, whether at a program site or a grocery pantry. We will respect our guests’ right to privacy by never discussing them in the community at large.

Our mission is to feed all who are hungry in body and in spirit. We do so willingly and with compassion and understanding.

Volunteer Best Practices:

A listing of best practices that we hope will assist you as a volunteer for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.  Download here.

Food Safety Information:

Food Expiration Information - download here.

Food Keeper Brochure - download here.

The Move Away from Poverty Guidelines to Standards for Self-Sufficiency.  Download here.  

A number of local companies match employee donations on a dollar-for-dollar basis. We are extremely grateful for their generosity.  Recently, we’ve learned that some companies are taking things one step further by matching volunteer time with an hourly allocation.

The Volunteer Time Matching program at Microsoft came to our attention through a volunteer at the Clinton Food Pantry. As an employee, he was eligible to have his time matched by the company at the rate of $17.00 per hour. Non-profits like SSKP could be eligible for as much as  $12,000 per year. This is a great way to leverage your contribution just by doing what you are already doing!

We ask our volunteers who are in the workforce to take a few minutes to check for the existence of a similar program at their workplace. If your company does have this type of volunteer policy, please contact Audrey Brainerd.


Audrey is available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .





The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries couldn't function without the generosity of all who give to our mission and ministry - donors of funds, time, and food make feeding our neighbors possible.

The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries is grateful for every donation--large and small. 

Ideas on ways to donate:

  •   collect pennies at your school
  •   donate as a memorial
  •   donate in honor of someone special
  •   donate instead of birthday gifts, graduation gifts, wedding gifts
  •   hold a food drive
  •   hold a Christmas in July fund-raiser
  •   donate at a holiday party - accept cans instead of gifts 
  •   put out a jar to collect coins at stores, restaurants
  •   hold a themed drive:  baby food, paper products, toiletries, etc.
  •   particiate in a stuff-a-truck event
  •   plant an extra row in your garden and donate the produce from that row
  •   donate unopened, unused food from parties, barbecues
  •   clip Sunday coupons, buy what's on sale and donate those items to SSKP
  •   organize a coupon swap and buy what's on sale for SSKP

84% of funds collected goes to purchase food - only 10% is used for overhead costs.

Facts:  US residents throw away about 100 billion pounds of food every year (nearly 3,000 pounds per second), enough to feed 60 million people.  We recycle half of all used paper, a third of all used metal, but only 2% of leftover food.

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