Spooner House to benefit from matching grant campaign to fight hunger

The drive to stamp out hunger in Shelton and nearby is in full force now through April 30 during the 16th annual Alan Shawn Feinstein $1 Million Giveway to Fight Hunger campaign.

Feinstein, a philanthropist from Rhode Island, has pledged to give away $1 million dollars to hunger relief nationwide. Feinstein will add to all contributions received by Spooner House in Shelton during this campaign.

The larger the contribution received by Spooner House, the more Feinstein funds will be given to help the agency help others in the lower Naugatuck Valley. This is the 13th year Spooner House has participated in the program.

Thirty years of caring

Spooner House has played a critical role in meeting the needs of neighbors in the region for more than 30 years.

Last year, Spooner House provided almost 190,000 meals to community residents, including adults, children, seniors, veterans, and the disabled. This represents an increase of more than 150% over the past four years.

Last year during the Feinstein Foundation effort, Spooner House raised $35,522 in cash and nonperishable food donations.

What qualifies for matching grant

Gifts of cash, checks or non-perishable food received by April 30 will count toward the Spooner House total used to determine the amount of funds they will be eligible to receive from Feinstein’s challenge grant. Non-perishable food donated will be valued at $1 per item.

The Feinstein grant dollars will be divided proportionately among all agencies complying with the food drive formula. There will be a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 given to participating agencies.

Complete results from this year’s drive will be posted on the Feinstein Foundation website in August.

Meeting ‘the most basic human need’

“Many of us recognize the vital need in our community that providing food is the most basic human need, one that has increased over the last several years,” said Susan Agamy, Spooner House executive director.

“In addition to the continuing difficult economy, high unemployment rate and expensive cost of living in this area, families have also been hit hard by recent storms, including Superstorm Sandy in late October and Blizzard Charlotte just last month,” Agamy said. “Participating in this year’s Feinstein Challenge Grant is more important than ever.”

How to donate

Checks should be made payable and mailed to: Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton CT 06484. Donations may also be made via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button at www.actspooner.org.

Deliveries of non-perishable food items are accepted at Spooner House weekdays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Donors also may set up a special time for food delivery by calling 203-225-0453.

About the Feinstein Foundation

The $1 Million Giveaway to Fight Hunger is a grassroots effort to fight hunger in America.  Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, a philanthropist from Cranston, R.I., the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to charity endeavors focused on the alleviation of hunger and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood in the community service sector.

Feinstein’s past $1 million challenges to fight hunger have raised a record $1.5 billion for more 3,000 agencies nationwide. Feinstein has a simple goal — he believes not one person should go without adequate food.

About Spooner House

The nonprofit Area Congregations Together (ACT) was formed in 1979 to help fill gaps in the lower Naugatuck Valley’s social service network. Today, Spooner House is operated by ACT and devoted to helping clients establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity.

Spooner House provides food, shelter and support services to about 200 men, women and children each year, and also provides a week’s supply of groceries each month to participating families in the region. ACT is a partner agency of the Valley United Way.