Food bank supplies 'dangerously' low

For many, summer is a relaxing time full of nice weather and vacations. Unfortunately, for some, it is a time when they wonder when they will eat their next meal.

All summer Spooner House in Shelton helped those who are less fortunate by providing food, shelter and a variety of support services. However, the demand for food was extraordinary and this has caused an extreme shortage, now leaving some clients without meals as we enter September. We are announcing a concentrated two week Back-to-School food drive from now until Sept. 21.

“All we are asking is that when you shop for your own children in preparation for the new school year, please pick up one non-perishable food item for each item purchased for your own family,” said Susan Agamy, executive director at Spooner House.

“I have never seen the stock on our shelves so low, we’ve experienced a 150% increase in demand in just four years,” Agamy said. “Our volunteers and board members have been scheduling last minute food drives and trying to spread the word about the desperate need all summer, but it’s hard to make up such a large shortfall, especially now that everyone is too preoccupied with the new school year to remember to give back.”

For a list of the most needed items, visit Deliveries of non-perishable food items are also accepted at Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton CT, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To set up a special time for food delivery or pick-up, call 203-225-0453. Any donations are greatly appreciated. Checks should be made payable and mailed to: Area Congregations Together, Inc., Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton CT 06484. Donations may also be made via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button at