This weekend’s Harvest House in Shelton to boost local food banks

Harvest House will be held at the Riverwalk in downtown Shelton on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29.

Valley United Way's Harvest House is a biannual festival during which a 400-square-foot house is constructed out of shelves and filled with more than 100,000 nonperishable food items.

The food that is collected then is distributed to food banks serving Shelton, Ansonia, Derby, Seymour and Oxford. The prior four Harvest Houses have resulted in more than a million meals being provided to Valley families in need.

Organizers said Harvest House is compared to a classic barn raising in that it utilizes the collective action of the community for the common good.

Many fun activities, too

The event offers other activities for the community as well. This will include a visit from Beardsley Zoo animals, face painting, arts and crafts, comedy magic show, touch-a-truck, moon bounce, hula hoops, karate, dance, fitness and acting performances, Cub Scout Olympics, and live music.

A CANtastic Construction Competition will be held, in which teams can enter structures built out of nonperishable food items.

The Girl Scouts, Liquid Lunch, and local volunteer fire and ambulance crews will serve a Hot Diggity Dog and Harvest Soup Supper as well as a pancake breakfast.

Learn more about Harvest House at