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.

Baristas at the Old Saybrook Starbucks presented SSKP volunteer Lindas Dillon with a $300 donation, proceeds from their 2nd Annual Holiday Ornament sale, featuring hand decorated coffee cup ornaments. Thank you, Starbucks! 


Connecticut Water recently made a $2,500 donation to SSKP’s “Gowrie Challenge, through a special promotion held in 2016. Between April and October, every time a CT Water customer signed up for paperless E-billing, the company pledged a $1 donation to benefit local food pantries. By joining the Gowrie Challenge, they were able to leverage their gift with matching funds, helping to provide even more food to those in need.

“Water and food are two things that everyone recognizes as our most basic needs”, said Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director. “We feel so blessed that CT Water and their customers came together to provide such generous support to our community. Thank you!”


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Pictured (l-r) Kay Ann Laud, CT Water Customer Account Analyst, Lindas Dillon, Gowrie employee and former SSKP Board member, Ruth Brown, CT Water Customer Service Coordinator, Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director, Art O'Neill, CT Water Director of Customer Service, and Chris Broduer, Gowrie Group Senior Vice President.

Valley Regional High School's Student Council held a bake sale to benefit SSKP.

Pictured is Matthew O'Keefe, President, and Mrs. Jessica Dwyer, Advisor, presenting a check for $325.  Thank you!


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Hands and Hearts of Essex, a grass roots organization designed to teach Elementary children about volunteering, collected 1,503 pounds of food at the Colonial Market for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantires, Inc.
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On Wednesday, August 10th, over 20 Gowrie Group volunteers prepared and served a barbecue lunch to the guests of Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries at the SSKP meal site at Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook. Thirteen additional Gowrie members donated cash and grocery gift cards to purchase meat and other perishables, as well as 25 baked or donated food items to help make this meal happen. The menu included local corn on the cob with melted butter, green garden salad, veggie bowtie pasta salad, BBQ grilled chicken, pulled pork sliders, and dessert options ranging from chocolate covered ice cream bars with a fresh berry medley, whipped cream and mint, to chilled watermelon slices. Over 40 lunch recipients were delighted not only by the delicious food but also the generosity and spirited camaraderie.

Grace Episcopal Church in Old Saybrook has generously hosted the SSKP Wednesday meal site for many years now. Gowrie Group was thrilled to make a financial donation with their remaining funds to aid the church’s restoration campaign to replace their ailing boiler.

“I am always amazed at the level of volunteerism among the Gowrie Group team members involved!” shared Lindas Dillon, Gowrie Group Benefits Team and organizer of the annual luncheon events. “Appreciation also goes to those colleagues who stayed behind to cover their departments and to management for supporting our initiative! We’re so pleased to have had another successful event!”

Looking forward, on November 15, 2016, Gowrie Group will launch their 13th annual matching challenge with a $30,000 donation to SSKP. Thus far, five local companies—The Safety Zone, LC Doane Company, Tower Labs, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, and BrandTech Scientific, have stepped up to be partner supporters of this challenge and collectively will donate an additional $23,000 in funds.

Gowrie Group will be challenging the local community of businesses and friends to help them meet and exceed an ambitious goal of raising $125,000 to benefit the SSKP. Last year, Gowrie Group reached a mark of one million dollars raised to benefit SSKP over the 12 year history of the campaign. This equates to 3 million meals in total having been provided to those in need through the Gowrie Group Challenge. Gowrie is proud to launch this year’s 13th annual challenge to benefit such a strong cause.




Photo Caption (left to right): Sara Archer, Lindas Dillon, Scott Gowrie, Gayle Capezzone, Janet Nicklas, Erin Crowley, Mary Diaz, Kate Ennis, Deb Cameron, Cheryl Bouve, Shari Whitney, Linda Smith, Karen Winters, Barb Minges, Chris Castonguay, Nancy Young and Denece Herrera. Missing from the photo, Morgan and Kristi Bagnall, Nancy Sprigg and Beth Hughes.

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