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Fire House Food Drive Raises 7500 Pounds of Food to Benefit The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries


Old Saybrook, CT, May 3, 2013


The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries is pleased to announce that the 2013 Fire House Food Drive held on April 27, 2013 raised over 7500 pounds of food for needy residents of the shoreline. In an overwhelming response, it took just over four hours for generous supporters to deliver the much-needed food to participating local fire stations.


Given the present and increasing need for food services and the traditionally slow donation period of March and April, The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries is particularly grateful that this drive raised so much food- nearly double the total amount raised in last year’s drive.  This is the second year that area volunteer fire stations have participated in raising food for distribution through the SSKP pantries. Eight fire stations, located in Old Saybrook, Old Lyme, Westbrook, Essex, Killingworth, Clinton and Niantic, generously supported the drive by providing staff and publicity as well as opening their doors to become drop off locations. In addition, Clinton Shop Rite and Clinton Stop & Shop stores assisted the drive by providing starter donations and a donation table at the stores.


“Every day the personnel of the our volunteer fire stations are available to help those effected by fire and emergencies—they never turn down a call for assistance and raise their hearts and hands to help those in need.  On April 27, once again these amazing men and women gave of their precious time to answer the call of those most needy in our community.  On behalf of SSKP and those we serve, thank you so much for this amazing gift of time and help—not only to our volunteer fire stations, but to all those who dropped off food—you made a real difference in the lives of your neighbors”, said Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director.


While the success of this drive is heartening, it is important to remember that the need for food is on-going. The Soup Kitchens' five pantries combine to distribute approximately 17,000 pounds of food on a weekly basis. Just over one-third of this food is supplied through the Connecticut Food Bank; the remainder must be either purchased or donated.


Thank you to all the volunteer fire station personnel, SSKP volunteers and donors who helped to make this drive so successful. Through their generosity, all our shoreline neighbors have a place at the table.



Julia, Emma and Juliana were thrilled about the generosity of many who came to enjoy the Jared Eliot Winter Concert December 13th at the Morgan School.  Band Director Ross Tucker, at right, scored Christmas and seasonal songs for the saxophone in three parts, and the impromptu 8th grade sax trio played in the front lobby for the enjoyment of all before and after the school performance.  Together the girls raised $111 in donations, which in turn were presented to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.  Thank you!



Westbrook High School students in Mr. Peter Anderson’s woods manufacturing class crafted a Harvest/Dining table out of local lumber harvested from a tree that fell during hurricane Irene in August 2011. RJ Wade was lead cabinet maker in this project with assistance from Heath Hartley and Ron Oldham. Students in the class wanted to find a way to help others, especially around the holidays.

The table is being sold through a “silent auction” and all proceeds will be donated to the Shoreline Soup Kitchen which has a presence in Westbrook at St. Mark’s Church.

If you would like to submit a bid for the table please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Bids will be accepted through January 23rd and the status will be updated at a special webpage devoted to this project.

The table is made of pine and is 36” wide, 74” long and stands 30” high. It has breadboard ends on the top and tapered legs.


Download picture here.

A big hearted thank you to everyone who made the HKHS telethon such a huge success. The students raised almost $21,000 for SSKP, and collected over 4500 pounds of food.  In addition, the student’s good will, professionalism, and skill made the show a truly special event.


Tuesday was a great success – thanks again for having us. We gave out a bit over 300 hot dogs and chips from the Rough House Food Truck at the pantry.



Rough House Food Truck




FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:   Matt Bonney, Sallie Bianco, Rafael Bianco (owner), John Owsianik




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