Spring 2017

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:
Spring 2017

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NSKS Newsletter:
Spring
2017

Happy Spring!

Hannaford Cause Bag Program

The Hannaford Supermarket in Nashua and Hudson has chosen NSKS again as a beneficiary of the Hannaford Cause Bag program! We are the recipients for the entire month of April! Every time you purchase the blue reusable bag with the good karma message, we receive $1! Every time you purchase the Fight Hunger bag, we receive $.25! Please go to either the Nashua or Hudson store, find the reusable bag rack and buy a few bags! Remember to spread the word!


 

“Bag Hunger”™ is Back

Memorial Day weekend begins our campaign at Nashua Hannaford. You can support NSKS when you check out by scanning a coupon for $2, $5 or $10 and adding it to your bill. 100% of your donation comes directly to us to support our programs. Harvest Market in Hollis also runs this program all year round and we appreciate that! We are grateful for these partnerships with our business community to end hunger. Please support them for supporting us!


 

You Can Still Participate

Our 24th Annual Run/Walk for Food & Shelter – sponsored by Toyota of Nashua, is almost here. Sunday, April 9th, we will have our 5K & 10K runs, 3K walk, and Kid’s Sprint sponsored by the Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association. We will again have the DELL Corporate Challenge for the 5K. Registration and more information is on our website www.nsks.org. We will have pre-registration and number pick-up at Fleet Feet in Nashua from 10 – 2 Saturday, April 8th. Race day registration is 11-12:30pm. We need runners, walkers and people to pledge those participants. It is not too late for your company to join them in supporting this great event. Email Carol at carol@nsks.org


 

Showers and Laundry

Unsheltered homeless folks have a safe place to shower and wash their clothes since we’ve moved into our new building. In the past 18 months, 156 clients have taken 247 showers and 97 clients have done laundry 118 times. We are so glad we are here to help with such basic needs.


 

A Conversation with Eileen Brady

After more than four decades of service, Eileen will be retiring on March 31. Please join us that Friday here at the Soup Kitchen from 1-4pm to say thank you. The following is an interview with Eileen.

MR: How long have you worked with the most vulnerable and at risk in our community?
EB: 45 years in all sorts of settings: churches, drop-in centers, community action agencies, public housing, and 24 years at NSKS.

MR: Why did you begin this line of work?
EB: The Sisters of Mercy gave me the opportunity to explore their original mission; working with very low income individuals including immigrants. We arrived in New Hampshire in 1858 to work with Irish immigrants receiving very poor treatment.

MR: What surprises you the most?
EB: The hidden cost of being poor. Volunteers are shocked the apartment next door rents for $1,100 when their mortgage is only $800.

MR: What inspires you?
EB: The people who come for services. They are generous. They overcome huge obstacles, with very few complaints.

MR: What advice would you give to a person considering a similar career?
EB: Don’t see the system as inevitable. Homelessness and the need for shelters wasn’t an issue until the late 1970s. We can change public policy with sufficient political will.

MR: Any last words?
EB: Thanks to everyone for all the support. I’m not leaving town. You’ll see me here next month, listening, and lending my voice to speak with those who are often unheard.


 

Dell Challenge Corporate Cup

The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter Annual 24th Walk & Run for Food & Shelter now includes a Corporate Challenge for the 5K event! Teams of three or more runners employed at your company since January 1st, 2017 (& before) can participate. Recognition for the team with the most members & the team that raises the most pledge money! Team registration closes 3/31. Check nsks.org for details or http://www.lightboxreg.com/nsk-2017


 

Our Gardens

If you would like to help us plant, water, pick and maintain our gar- dens this year, please email Shane at shane@nsks.org or give him a call at (603) 889-7770.


 

Help Needed

  • Volunteer on race day Sunday, April 9th
  • Run, walk or get pledges for our race
  • Volunteer in the food pantry (11AM – 3PM)
  • Hold a food drive for a needed item
  • Check our website for more ideas

 

Noche Mexicana at Margaritas

April 11th at the Nashua location. Check Facebook and our website for your copy of our fundraising coupon.

Please Give Generously

Your support makes all of this possible. Thank you!
 

WISH LIST

  • Cereal- any type or brand, hot or cold
  • Jars of Peanut Butter
  • Canned Fruits (any type or brand)
  • Canned Protein- Tuna, Chicken, Turkey, Ham
  • Shampoo (family size bottles appreciated!)
  • Body Wash or Bars of Soap
  • Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Feminine Products- both pads & tampons
  • Adult diapers and incontinence pads
  • Diapers- Large or X-Large- any brand

    Race Sponsors

    We love our local sponsors. They help make this fundraiser a suc- cess! All proceeds benefit programs at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter! Along with our Kid’s Sprint sponsor, the Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association, we would like to thank these businesses At this time, they include:
    TITLE SPONSOR
    Toyota of Nashua
    CORPORATE CHALLENGE CUP SPONSOR
    DELL
    CHAMPION
    beckonings
    Microdesk
    Unity Construction Inc.
    START LINE
    Granite State Salvage Co.
    Levesque Family Dentistry
    PLATINUM
    Eaton & Berube
    Red Hat
    Fleet Feet Sports
    The Telegraph
    Jean D’Arc Credit Union
    GOLD
    Apple Therapy Nashua
    Smith-Weiss Shepard P.C.
    Cullen Collimore PLLC
    St. Joseph Hospital
    Lovering Volvo of Nashua
    Well Sense Health Plan
    The Print Factory
    Welts, White & Fontaine, PC
    Rivier University
    Worthen Industries, Inc.
    SILVER
    Lowell Five Bank
    Kalil & Kress Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
    BRONZE
    Uno Pizzeria & Grill
     
    Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Email Carol at carol@nsks.org

    Executive Directors Blog

    • Working with Mayor Donchess, the United Way, E68, the Salvation Army, Corpus Christi Food Pantry and many others, we are developing a plan to end childhood hunger in greater Nashua. It is an audacious goal but if we work together, we can make it happen.
    • We are working with Habitat for Humanity to redo the floors of our single women and family shelter.
      Today we learned we will receive a $20,000 grant from Oracle.
    • We are so grateful for Robin Peringer, all at Nashua South, NAHS & attendees who made this year’s “Empty Bowls” such a huge suc- cess. The money raised at this 2017 event was $7,731.00!
    • We thank Rotary West for their grant to purchase toiletries to distribute in our panty.
    • We are one of the recipients in the Nashua 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive— Saturday, May 13, 2017.

    I am truly amazed and grateful for the warm reception and can do spirit of everyone I’ve met. We are blessed to live in such a community.

    – Michael Reinke

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