House of Hope benefits Spooner House

St. Vincent’s Health Services and Aquarion Water Company have launched their annual House of Hope Food Drive through Nov. 14 to help reduce hunger throughout the Greater Bridgeport area.

Visitors to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, employees of the health system and Aquarion, and the public are being asked to drop off donations in the House of Hope, a special shed located at the hospital entrance for the duration of the drive.

Items collected will be delivered to area food banks and to a veterans’ group. Last year more than six tons of food were donated and organizers hope to surpass that total this year.

This year’s collection will benefit the Spooner House in Shelton, Bridgeport Rescue Mission, The Thomas Merton Center, and the St. Vincent’s Family Health Center all in Bridgeport, and for the first time, the Port Five Naval Veterans organization, also in Bridgeport. All branches of the armed forces belong to the Port Five group, which will redistribute donated food to other veterans’ organizations. Plans call for Port Five to use the turkeys donated to host dinners for veterans in need.

The organizers ask that only nutritious, non-perishable, non-expired items be donated. They suggest canned fish, meat, soup, stews, fruits and vegetables as well as pasta, peanut butter, cold cereal and powdered milk.

Monetary donations are also accepted and are turned into double the amount in food purchases, courtesy of  Big Y in Monroe, which is continuing its  “buy one get one” arrangement. Stew Leonard’s will again be donating turkeys.

For more information contact Lucille Bentley at 203-576-5130.