Spooner House is announcing details for the annual Valley Has a Heart food collection. This year the drives will be held on Feb. 19 at three Stop and Shop stores in the Naugatuck Valley—Ansonia, Seymour and Shelton. The goal is to gather enough non-perishable food to last for at least two months and $3,000 in cash to use for restocking the shelves as needed during the cold winter months. The collections will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at each location. A list of the most needed items is included below.
Volunteers are also needed at each location to collect and organize the food. Spooner House encourages everyone to bring their loved ones or organize a group to support this good cause. Please call Liz Holcomb at (203) 225-0453 if you are able to provide just a few hours of help that day. This is a great activity for scouts, church youth groups, high school students and civic clubs who are often required to donate community service time.
Those unable to visit one of the three Stop and Shop stores on Feb. 19 are still encouraged to make a donation. Checks should be made payable and mailed to: Area Congregations Together, Inc., 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 also accepted at the above location Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or to set up a special time for food delivery call 203-225-0453.
In Ansonia, donations for the Spooner House food bank may also be brought to the office at Christ Episcopal Church, 56 Cliff Street in Ansonia, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or call 203-734-2715 to arrange for drop offs at another time.
Non-profit Area Congregations Together, Inc. (ACT) was formed in 1979 to help fill gaps in the Naugatuck Valley’s social service network. Today, Spooner House is operated by ACT and is a facility that provides food, shelter and support services to approximately 250 men, women and children each year. Spooner House is recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency shelter programs in Connecticut and provides a week’s supply of groceries each month to participating families throughout the Naugatuck Valley. Last year the food bank program provided 125,000 meals to 2,700 people in the valley, 900 of them children. Spooner House is devoted to helping clients establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Area Congregations Together, Inc. is a partner agency of the Valley United Way.
Spooner House is in need of the following non-perishable items:
Macaroni & Cheese
Corned Beef Hash