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.

Thank you to the group BNI for their recent donation of $1,000 to SSKP.  We appreciate your interest and support!


Pictured, from left to right:  Sen. Art Linares, Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries (SSKP) Executive Director Patty Dowling, and SSKP Board member Ed Lyons.

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On Oct. 23rd Sen. Art Linares came to Grace Episcopal Church to present a $5,155 check to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. On October 12, Sen. Linares ran in the Hartford Half Marathon to raise money for SSKP.

When Eric Stuebner of Westbrook goes grocery shopping, he doesn't just shop for himself, but for his community, too. He purchases items most requested at the SSKP Westbrook pantry; items like soup, peanut butter and pasta.

Last week he donated many bags full of food to the pantry, for distribution to local residents who are struggling to feed their families. Eric has been a member of the Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center since he was a young adult and was one of their very first students. Vista provides services and resources to adults with disabilities, helping them to live an independent and successful life. Despite his challenges with the daily tasks so many of us take for granted, he has taken on the personal goal of helping others which makes his donation even more special.

His Life Skill Instructor, Aimee Vincente, brought the food to the pantry on Eric's behalf, explaining, "Eric is not with me today because he is a private person who chooses to help his community 'behind the scenes'. He understands that many people struggle to make ends meet, and wants to help." He told Aimee that he felt giving food to the needy was "the right thing to do".

SSKP thanks Eric Stuebner for making a difference in the lives of his neighbors, and for setting such an outstanding example of what it means to give back.

Jim Cunningham (SSKP Volunteer), Jenn Cusack (Westbrook Pantry Manager), and Aimee Vincente (Vista Life Skills Instructor) with Eric's donation of food.


Friday, 11/29/13 at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center


With the generous support of  AcousticMusic.OrgWyeth Architects LLC, The Shoreline Acoustic Underground will gather some of the finest local and international musical talent for a concert to raise funds for SSKP.  With an emphasis on melody, lyricism and harmony, a variety of music will be presented, fun will be had...and 100% of all proceeds from the concert will go directly to The Shoreline Soup Kitchen & Pantries.

There are three levels of giving for tickets $20, $30 and $40 - you can pick whichever level you'd like.

Click here to purchase tickets.


This will be the 7th annual benefit concert -- and possibly best to date. By and large, the featured performers have been on the stage at The Kate more than once and are back again by popular demand.


Agnelli & Rave: Lauren Agnelli and Dave Rave, music with a folk/rock/pop flavor "...these two have rocked stages around the world. " Accomplished songwriters, to date they have penned and published over two hundred fifty compositions, as a team. Dave recently returned from his 4th European Tour, including his annual performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Both he and Lauren have Grammy Nominations for past work.(www.dave-rave.comwww.laurenagnelli.com )


Ebin-Rose: Ebin Parker on guitar & Rose Bengtson, whose soft, ethereal vocals combine the finest qualities of Joni Mitchell and Natalie Merchant.  Together they have created what has been called an audio trapeze act that owes much in mood to the timeless qualities found in the music of Nick Drake and Pentangle.click here to listen


The Lichter Brothers: Eric & Jeremy Lichter are products of the easy breezy 70's Laurel Canyon sound popularized by Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, Eagles, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, etc (thanks to their parents!) As well as current contemporaries (and friends) Poor Old Shine, Dawes & Fleet Foxes.  The brothers have a storied musical history all their own, individually, and are working on their debut record at Eric's popular Dirt Floor. You're going to hear a lot from them, and soon! click here to listen


The Meadows Brothers: The musical roots of Ian and Dustin Meadows lie somewhere between the high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe, the simple sophistication of Woody Guthrie, the haunting melodies of the Appalachian Mountains, the backwoods blues of Robert Johnson, and the hard driving country of Johnny Cash. click here to listen


Moving Target: Utterly fearless about the consequences of misinterpreting the music of great artists and composers, Moving Target naively attempts many styles of music - working to cram it into their peculiar assembly of instruments - and none of them have any moral problem or conscience regarding their impact on the Arts.  Fortunately, none of the original artists who composed this music have any clue that these people exist and the rest of them are dead.  Also fortunate is the fact that most of the members have steady day jobs.  This local group has been gathering for some time on Friday evenings to play music, drink and dissolve the stresses of the week. This has worked so well for them that they feel entitled to subject you to the fruits of their labors. If you agree with them, they will view you as enlightened and as fine characters of great taste and vision. www.acousticmusic.org


Members: Jos Konst "Jos" Baritone sax, William Grover "Big Bad Bill" Cornet

Leslie Strauss "Goddess" Electric Violin, Leonard Wyeth "Trip" Guitar, bass

Susan Wyeth "Deaf Sue" Bass, Jill Vaughn "One Armed Jill" Percussion


Continuing an annual tradition, the Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester held a large food drive for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries in conjunction with the High Holy Days. The drive began on Rosh Hashanah, when each congregant was given a large shopping bag with a list of the foods needed, updates from the CBSRZ Social Action Committee, and a short verse about feeding the hungry. One read, “Too many people are concerned for other people’s souls and their own full bellies:  Better to be concerned with your own soul and other people’s bellies.” (R. Israel Salanter 18th c. Vilna)

Food was collected for the next ten days, ending on Yom Kippur. A large truck, donated by Sandy Seidman, (member of the congregation and owner of The Safety Zone), was parked outside the synagogue, and by the tenth day the truck was full of bags brimming with food.

As the truck delivered the huge donation to the Old Saybrook pantry, located at the First Church of Christ, pantry manager Laura Dean-Frazier assembled scores of volunteers who unloaded, weighed and sorted the thousands of individual food items.


This year the total weight of the food collected was 2,618 pounds!


“Every year this donation comes at the perfect time---when our shelves are most depleted from the summer and the needs of the fall begin,” said Patricia Dowling, Executive Director of SSKP. “We are truly grateful to the congregants at CBRZ who fill the truck with wonderful food to feed those in need.”





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