Spooner House raises awareness for Hunger Action month

September is Hunger Action month and the Spooner House is looking to end hunger within the Valley by any means, according to Development Officer Kate Pipa.

The food pantry/homeless shelter is requesting donations of nonperishable items such as: soup/stew/chili, canned/baked/dry beans, canned fruit, peanut butter & jelly, canned ravioli, pasta sauce, rice, hamburger/tuna helper, canned/boxed potatoes, canned chicken

According to the Spooner House website, one out of seven people in Connecticut are “food insecure” and 73% of food bank recipients in the Lower Naugatuck Valley report choosing between food and other necessities.

Pipa said the issue of hunger is affecting a large number of people all over the world and the Spooner House are always looking for innovative ways for people to contribute to the cause.

Meal cards are now available at the register of the Common Bond Market for the month of September. Spooner House is open Monday through Thursday and serves between 120-160 lower Naugatuck Valley households each month where they  supply each client with 10 days' worth of groceries each month, according to Pipa.

“How it works is for every $3 you give you are feeding a neighbor in need of food,” said Pipa.

The Spooner House has slots open for community groups or local congregations that are looking to prepare an evening meal on the same day each month. Pipa also insisted on people doing food drives within their workplace or offices. People can also create their own fundraising page to combat hunger by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/HungerActionMonth2016.

“Anything you can give is a huge help,” said Pipa.

If you or a group you know of is interested in preparing a meal each month for Spooner House residents contact Kate Pipa at kpipa@actspooner.org or (203) 225-0453 x 102.

Pipa said September has been a busy month for the shelter and they are trying to raise as much funds as possible.

“We’re also doing a fundraiser Sept. 22 at Bertucci’s,” said Pipa. “If you dine in or order out all day 15% of your bill will support spooner house as long as you tell them that’s why you’re there.”

The Spooner House has also created a calendar with little tips listed for each day of how you can make a difference by taking one small action.

“So for one day instead of buying your coffee before work maybe you make your coffee at home and donate the money you would have spent,” said Pipa. “We’re going to be at the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday and Saturday so stop by our table and pick up a calendar to see how you can make a difference.”

For more information on how to get involved with the Spooner House’s ongoing effort to address hunger within the Valley, follow them on Facebook for updates by searching Spooner House or on Twitter by searching @SpoonerHouse.