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.

Thanks to Coldwell Cares for this generous donation!


The Men's Auxiliary of VFW Post 10153 in Old Saybrook held a Golf Tournament to benefit The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, raising $1,000.00.  These funds will provide enough food for 2,565 meals. “We sincerely thank the VFW of Old Saybrook for supporting our mission to feed the hungry,” said Patty Dowling, SSKP Executive Director.  “Because of the help of caring community partners like the Old Saybrook VFW Men’s Auxiliary we can make a place at the table for our neighbors in need.”




Pictured (l-r) are VFW Post 10153 members Jim Knuson, Jim Schuler, Pete Baxter, Robert Bailey, SSKP Executive Director Patty Dowling, and SSKP Trustee Lindas Dillon.

Valley Regional Student Countil recently held their annual bake sale and raised $405 for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.  Thank you!
student council bake sale 2014
The Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded a $5,000 grant to The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries to support the purchase of food from the CT Food Bank.


"SSKP is so grateful for the generous support we receive from The Liberty Bank Foundation. This donation helps assures that people in need on the shoreline have a place to turn for food and fellowship. With these funds specifically we will be able to distribute enough food at our pantries for over 13,150 meals. On behalf of all those we serve, I thank The Liberty Bank Foundation for supporting our local neighbors in need," said Patty Dowling, executive director of SSKP.


"The need for services continues to be more critical than ever during the current economic conditions," said Leigh-Bette Maynard, manager of Liberty Bank's Essex and Old Saybrook offices. "A need exists in every community including the Shoreline. Liberty is proud to be a long-time supporter of Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries."


Since its inception in 1997, the Liberty Bank Foundation has awarded almost $7.9 million in grants to nonprofit organizations within Liberty Bank's market area. The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for people of low or moderate income by investing in three areas: education to promote economic success for children and families; affordable housing; and nonprofit capacity building. Along with its grantmaking, the foundation strives to foster the convening and collaboration of nonprofits, funders, business, and government to address community issues.


Established in 1825, Liberty Bank is Connecticut's oldest mutual bank, with almost $3.5 billion in assets and 48 banking offices throughout the central, eastern, and shoreline areas of the state. As a full-service financial institution, it offers consumer and commercial banking, home mortgages, insurance, and investment services. Rated outstanding by federal regulators on its community reinvestment efforts, Liberty maintains a longstanding commitment to superior personal service and unparalleled community involvement.




(l-r) Leigh-Bette Maynard, manager of Liberty Bank's Essex and Old Saybrook offices, Patty Dowling, Executive Director of The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, and Skip Marquardt, Raymond James Financial Services and SSKP Board of Trustee member.

Giving back to the Connecticut community in a significant way each year is one of Gowrie Group‘s most important outreach initiatives.  For the past 11 years, since 2004, Gowrie Group has focused much of its charitable giving on supporting The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries.


In response to this need, Gowrie Group is launching their 11th annual matching challenge with a $25,000 donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. Five local companies – LC Doane Company, The Safety Zone, Tower Labs, All Waste Inc., and Andre Prost – have signed on as Partner Sponsors and are donating an additional $22,500 in matching funds.


This year, Gowrie Group is challenging the community of local businesses and friends to help them meet and exceed their largest goal ever – raising $125,000. The 2014 Gowrie Group Challenge runs from November 15th to December 31st.


Carter Gowrie, CEO of Gowrie Group said “We are extremely proud that over the past 11 years we have raised nearly $900,000 to benefit The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries. That equates to providing food for more than 2 million meals to our neighbors in need of food services. We greatly appreciate the donations made by so many of our clients and friends each and every year.  I look forward to this year, our 11th year, being the most successful challenge ever.”

“The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries is honored to receive the donations raised from the Gowrie Group Challenge.  Today, and for the last 11 years those who heard this call to help, responded with a generous heart, reaching those in need, and assuring our community is fed.  On behalf of the thousands of community members we serve every year, I say thank you!” Patty Dowling, Executive Director.


Throughout the year, Gowrie Group and its employees donate time and services to soup kitchens and pantries across New England.  Each summer, Gowrie employees prepare and serve a lunch at a meal site in Old Saybrook, CT.  Before the holidays, Gowrie employees host canned food drives at each office location – Westbrook CT, Darien CT, Newport RI, North Kingstown RI, Marshfield, MA, Manchester, NH – and donate the collected goods to local entities.  Employees and their families also help out regularly at a variety of food pantries and meal service locations across the region.


Two special events will also benefit the Gowrie Group Challenge and the Shoreline Soup Kitchens this year.  On December 6th and 7th, “Dancing to End Hunger,” a ballet performance of “Ahavah: The Story of Christmas,” will take place at the Morgan School in Clinton. On December 19th the “Shoreline Soup Kitchen Benefit Concert” will take place at The Kate, in Old Saybrook.


Donate now by clicking here - and then select “Gowrie Challenge.” Donations by mail should be sent to: The Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries, Attn: Gowrie Group Challenge, P.O. Box 804, Essex, Connecticut 06426.



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