Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Residents 'generous' in donating to Spooner House in Shelton

Collection surpasses goal
In a press release today, Spooner House executive director Susan Agamy said, "The 12th annual Valley Has a Heart Spooner House food collection held Saturday at three Stop & Shop stores in the Lower Naugatuck Valley proved residents here are generous, despite the rough winter we have all experienced. We were over our goal by more than $1,850."

Stop & Shop, the event's marquee sponsor, along with site sponsors Daniel Jacobs, LLC of Oxford and Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, PC of Shelton, contributed $2,850.  

The Spooner House Food Bank received 51 shopping cart loads of food from all three Stop & Shop sites and the cash collected was just under $2,000.  Totals were:

Ansonia – 13 carts of food; $439.20

Seymour – 16 carts of food; $530.13

Shelton – 22 carts of food; $988.48

The goal was to gather enough non-perishable food to last for at least two months and $3,000 to use for restocking the shelves as needed during the cold winter months. 
Check out the Spooner House website linked above for a list of the most-needed food items.

Non-profit Area Congregations Together, Inc. 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 200 men, women and children each year.  More than 6,000 individuals have been served by the Food Bank this past year, comprising more than 130,000 meals. 

Spooner House is recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency shelter programs in Connecticut and through its food bank provides a week’s supply of groceries each month to participating families throughout the Naugatuck Valley. 
Spooner House is devoted to helping people establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. 

This is taken from a press release from Area Congregations Together, Inc., a partner agency of the Valley United Way.

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