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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.

Stop & Shop and Shoreline Customers Raise More Than $16,900 for Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries

Through the Food for Friends Program, cashiers and customers of the shoreline Stop & Shop stores have combined to raise an astounding $16, 927 to support the SSKP food pantries.  The program ran Oct. 28 and ran through Dec. 11, 2011 at the Stop & Shop stores at 215 E. Main St., Clinton, and 105 Elm St., Old Saybrook.  Stop & Shop contributed a company match of $500 per store.


Thank you to all who donated and a very special “thank you” to all the Stop & Shop staff and front-line cashiers who put so much effort into making this fundraiser incredibly successful!

Pictured in photo from left to right:  Stop & Shop associate, Deb Strukus; Lindas Dillon, SSKP Board of Trustees member; Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director; Stop & Shop Assistant Manager, Dan Utz; and Rev. Kathy Peters, SSKP Board Chair.

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My name is Brenda Johnson, I am a volunteer at the Chester Soup Kitchen.

On Sunday, February 12, 2012 we had a wonderful surprise donation.  A young girl named Claire Majewski of 22 West Hills Road in Ivoryton, CT brought many bags of food and toiletries donations.  She had a birthday party with 12 of her friends and she asked that everyone bring food or non-perishable goods as her birthday present.  I have attached a picture of her with the donations that she and her family dropped off on Sunday. 


Claire really knows the true meaning of how to help others in our community.  When I saw Claire and her family bringing in the donations and the story behind them it made me cry.  Claire got the idea from another friend that had a birthday party that asked for donations instead of gifts.


I am so touched by this little girl and her friends and their generosity to help others that I felt the need to send this touching story in hopes that it might inspire others to do unto others as Claire has done.


God Bless,


Brenda Johnson
Chester Soup Kitchen Volunteer

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The Men's Auxiliary of the Old Saybrook VFW Post 10153 held a benefit golf tournament raising $1100.00  for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.  These funds will help provide 3300 meals.  Pictured in the back row from left to right are members John Shepard, Irvin Anderson, Tom Guerin, Pete Baxter and Phyllis Cappuccio, from the Shoreline Soup Kitchens. In front are Bob Nova and Patty Dowling (SSKP Executive Director) along with Charlie Shaw and Dave Smith.



A big Thank you to everyone who made Thanksgiving possible—especially our friends at Bristol-Myers Squibb who, for the 8th year, cooked Thanksgiving dinner, the employees of Structural Graphics for collecting food for the meal, Roger Goodnow and friends for supplying wonderful music, Grace Church for hosting lunch in their beautiful church hall, First Church of Old Saybrook for all the extra space, Gloria Mcqueeney for coordinating the day, and the many many volunteers who made the day possible.  While we can’t name everyone who provided Thanksgiving for those in need, you are in our thankful hearts—and you should know you gave someone a brighter day, provided food and fellowship and made a difference!

My name is Lisa Urso, and I am the chair of the Walkathon committee here at John Winthrop Middle School.  I wanted to touch base with you to give you some great news.  Last month, at our annual Walkathon, we gave students the opportunity to donate some of their proceeds to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.

This was a completely optional decision for the students to make; it was up to them to decide how much of their individual proceeds from the fundraiser they wanted to contribute.


I am thrilled to report that our students raised $1,890 from our Walkathon fundraiser to contribute to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen.  This is the most money that our students have donated from the fundraiser in the years that we have been doing this.  I have a check that I am going to present to the driver when he comes to pick up our donations from our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.


I am so blessed to work with such giving and generous students.  We had three students who contributed $100, and out of those three, two donated their entire funds to the soup kitchen.  I am always humbled when our students give of themselves; it really is inspiring.


If you have any questions for me about the check, please let me know.

Again, I am humbled by the generosity of our students.  I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.




Lisa Urso

French/Spanish Teacher

John Winthrop Middle School

Deep River, CT  06417

(860) 526-9546, ext. 1209




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