Fall 2018

No one should be hungry or homeless in our community.

The Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization providing meals, emergency shelter, transitional housing, food baskets and advocacy to homeless and low-income men, women and families with children. The soup kitchen, at 2 Quincy Street, serves dinner seven days a week and breakfast five days a week.

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NSKS Newsletter:
Fall 2018

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Happy Fall!

Recent Success Stories

Brian* came in to see Donna, our employment advocate, because he had secured an interview. Donna found a brand new shirt for him to wear. As he was putting on the shirt, he said, “It is such a long time since I have had a new shirt with pins in it. Thank you so much”. Brian got the job, stayed a little while longer at our shelter, has moved out, and was very grateful for the help he received at NSKS.

Karen* came to Donna, our Employment Advocate, broken- hearted about losing a very good job at one of NH’s premier companies. Donna suggested that if Karen remained focused she would find a job with a better fit. Donna helped Karen with her resume, interviewing skills, and dressed her for success from the Business Clothes closet. Karen took this knowledge, began her job search and found a job that seems to be perfect for her. She is so happy to be working there.

Asking for help can be difficult. Each of us would like to be able to do it on our own. On behalf of Donna, staff and volunteers, thanks for being part of a kind and greater Nashua!
*Named changed for privacy


You Made a Difference: Amazing things donors have made possible in FY18:

  • 22,330 breakfast meals served
  • 48,333 dinner meals served
  • 23,940 meals for Nashua Meals for Kids
  • Increase in meals served was 36% (combining breakfast, dinner, and Nashua Meals for Kids)
  • 12,786 food baskets given to households (16% increase)
  • 3,371 bags of toiletries and personal care items distributed (22% decrease)
  • 10,992 nights of emergency shelter to 306 homeless persons, 55 were children
  • 48 families, including 47 children, received financial assistance to prevent homelessness
  • 47,911 diapers were distributed (132% increase)
  • 113 clients took 281 showers and 98 clients did laundry 137 times
  • 1,561 kids received new backpacks filled with school supplies to start school
  • 658 clients were helped by our Employment & Education advocate
  • 174 people gained employment
  • 8 post-secondary programs were funded
  • 3 people enrolled in HISET (New GED) program, 2 graduated this year that we received notice of graduation
  • Individuals and families served come from Nashua, Hudson, Hollis, Wilton, Milford, Amherst, Merrimack, Pelham and Mont Vernon
  • Volunteers and supporters come from those towns and beyond


NSKS Solar Report

Good progress, great results. Thank you for your support with this cost effective, positive program.


Volunteers of The Month

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.”
– Helen Keller


John Miller – Comes in every day and helps organize and unload the deliveries. Many days he unloads the truck by himself and has shown other volunteers and community service workers how to help. He has been a huge help for us. Thanks John!


Tonia Knisley – Works with our cooks each day to help prepare meals. She has been an instrumental volunteer for us, specifically getting things going in the kitchen prior to our cook’s arrival. She has introduced many menu items and ensured they were prepared correctly. She excels at organiz- ing and cleaning. Thanks Tonia!


Easter Seals – They come in and organize and sort all fruits and vegetables that come here. They have been instrumental in ensuring only the good fruits and vegetables get placed out for clients. In addition, they are willing to jump in and support us with whatever we need.
What a fantastic group—thanks everyone!


Backpacks For Back to School

Thank you to everyone who helped make our program a success this year. Our volunteers were awesome and our donations were generous. We met our GOAL! How did it all get distributed?

  • Three days of distribution here at NSKS: 1,136 Bags!
  • Area agencies including Marguerites Place, Norwell House, Bridges, Juvenile Probation, etc.: 177 Bags!
  • Elementary schools: 153 Bags!
  • Town of Hudson: 50 Bags!
  • CLiF program: 47 Bags!

Total number of children receiving new backpacks filled with new supplies: 1,563! The smiles we saw!

Learn more about the project


Bag Hunger™

Thanks to Nashua Hannaford and their generous shoppers we received $5,802 from Memorial Day – 4th of July during our campaign. Hannaford is a big supporter of NSKS year-round. A big thank you also to Harvest Market in Hollis for running “BAG HUNGER”™ year-round for us.

Learn more about the project

2018 Dinner Auction

Seats & Sponsorships are available: www.nsks.org
For more information:
Carol at (603) 889-7770 or carol@nsks.org

Early Auction Sponsors

Thank you to these businesses who have already pledged their support:

  • Family Benefactor:
    • Microdesk, Inc.
  • Dinner Angel:
    • Enterprise Bank
    • Landmark Benefits
    • Lovering Auto Group
    • Porsche of Nashua
    • Weisman, Tessier, Lambert & Halloran
    • White Mountain Computer
    • WRP Properties LLC (Rutland Manor Assoc)
  • Breakfast Angel:
    • Eaton & Berube Insurance
    • Christian Party Rental
  • Employment Program Pillar:
    • Proctor Ski & Board;
    • RBC Wealth Management
  • Housing Advocate:
    • Bar Harbor Bank
    • Frasca & Frasca, P.A.
    • Independent Services Network
    • Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
    • Ripano Stoneworks, Ltd.

Wish List

  • Financial contributions: one dollar will help us purchase nearly six pounds of food
  • Food Drives: please think of holding one at your place of business, civic group or faith-based
    community… The holidays are coming!
  • Volunteers

We can only do what we do with your help. Please give as generously as you are able, so we can continue to help the families who come to us to survive. Thank you!

Executive Directors Blog

With Nashua public schools opening this week and my younger daughter entering her final year of her high school career, I began to think about all the different ways NSKS helps the children in our area.

There are of course the big programs like our emergency shelter where we are the only emergency shelter for families in the area. 55 children received emergency shelter in our facilities last year. Equally as good, if not better, your support allowed us to keep 47 children in permanent housing, preventing the disruption that homelessness entails. Over the next several months, we are hoping to increase the number of emergency shelter family beds, doubling the number of families we can serve and allowing us to provide an outdoor play area for children.

There is also the food pantry where over 6,000 families will receive food assistance in any given year. While every client will receive a box of food of their choosing including fresh produce and staples, each week we purchase over 160 gallons of milk to give away to families with children, ensuring growing kids get the calcium they need.

Last year, I wrote to you about the Nashua Meals for Kids launch. A year later, I am pleased to report that we have served over 23,000 frozen meals and that we are now providing meals to five different locations. It is our hope over this coming fiscal year to expand to several different elementary schools.

Some programs make a huge difference at specific times of the year. 2018’s Backpacks for Back to School program provided backpacks, fully loaded with supplies to over 1,500 children in Nashua and surrounding towns. When children have birthdays, we have a birthday room to help families who can’t afford presents. Over the winter holidays, more than 200 children are sponsored by local individuals and business. Families with young children received more than 47,000 diapers and when we have new baby items such as cribs and strollers they are out the door the very next day.

All through the year, we don’t just help kids but we see children giving back whether helping with the garden program, assisting with backpacks, raising financial support through Empty Bowls, or participating in the Kids Sprint at the Run/Walk for Food & Shelter. On November 3rd, we will all have the opportunity to support the NSKS children’s programs with our “Dress Up for Kids” 2018 Auction. If you would like to attend or have an item donate, please contact Carol Weeks (carol@nsks.org).

Thank you so much for your help! Truly, we couldn’t do it without you.

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