Seasonal House of Hope to benefit food shelters in the area

Area food shelters — including the Spooner House in Shelton — will benefit from the annual House of Hope Food Drive sponsored by St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Aquarion Water Company.

The food drive will run from Sept. 16 until Nov. 15 to help hunger throughout the Greater Bridgeport area. A ribbon cutting will be held on Monday, Sept. 16 at 11 a.m. at the House of Hope at the entrance to St. Vincent’s Medical to mark the event.

Visitors to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, employees of the hospital 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, which last year received  more than five tons of food from the drive. This year, the goal is six tons.

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.

Serving this year as co-chairpersons are Lucille Bentley, RN, and Kareem Wali of St. Vincent’s and Carolyn Giampe of Aquarion.

Last year’s drive also raised $3,000 in monetary donations which organizers turned into more than $6,000 worth of food thanks to Big Y in Monroe, who offered a “buy one get one” arrangement. Stew Leonard’s also donated 100 turkeys to the House of Hope last fall.

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

People wishing to make a monetary donation to the House of Hope may do so at the hospital’s information desk. Gift cards to grocery stores will also be accepted.

For more information contact St. Vincent’s Bentley at 203-576-5130 or Wali at 203-576-5221.