Spring 2019

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.

Bread & Board

NSKS Newsletter:
Spring 2019

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NSKS Newsletter:

Happy Spring!

Our Organic Gardens

If you would like to help us plant, water, pick, and maintain our gardens this year, please email Shane at shane@nsks.org or give him a call at 889-7770, extension 116.

If you have a favorite recipe that uses fresh products from the garden or Farmer’s Market, we’d love for you to share that with us. We will make it available to the families that come through our Food Pantry so they can try it, too.
Email your recipe to meghan@nsks.org


“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 for us. We are grateful for these partnerships with our business community to end hunger. We encourage you to support them.


Corporate Challenge Cup

Register your employees for the Corporate Team Challenge! This event is open to corporate teams of 3 or more 5K runners, 10K runners or 3K walkers. For your 5K runners, the Corporate Cup will be awarded to the team with the best 5K race time determined by the three best times in a team by runner’s time, age & gender will be considered. There is also recognition for the team with the most participants and the team that meets the highest fundraising goal! Register your team by March 29th at http://www.lightboxreg.com/nsk-2018


We’d Love Your help To…


NSKS Volunteers of the Month

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

–author unknown


The Gate City Bike Co-op has kept low-income city residents pedaling forward by offering free bicycles and bicycle
repairs through our Education & Employment Program at NSKS. Co-founders John Burkitt & Don Pare went one step further over the holidays for us. Every bike that was purchased & donated for our Christmas program was inspected by them and built from the box, if needed, before it was given to the 36 children who had wished for a bike for Christmas. Thanks for helping Christmas wishes come true!


Empty Bowls was another successful event, led by two very special teachers at NHS South: Margret (Maggie) Jones &
Robin Peringer. We’re very grateful for your planning (overseeing and creating over 700 bowls with students; contacting restaurants & suppliers for soups, breads & beverages; collecting silent auction items; setting up entertainment; coordinating volunteers) because all of that raises funds to help people here with truly empty bowls. Fighting hunger one bowl at a time!


We are very grateful to another non-profit in our
community: Greater Nashua Habitat for Humanity. They did great work with a bathroom renovation at our Ash St. Shelter and with some much-needed repairs to our handicapped ramp at our Kinsley St. Shelter. All your expertise was very much appreciated-thanks! – Carol Weeks

Please Give Generously


  • Financial Contributions
  • Jars of Peanut Butter
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Rice (any type/ brand. 50# bags appreciated and will be divided)
  • Canned/Boxed Soups or broths
  • Canned/Dry Beans (kidney, black chickpea, etc.)
  • Cereal (hot or cold, any brand/ type)
  • Diapers – Large – any brand

There’s Still Time to Run or Walk

Our 26th Annual Run/Walk for Food & Shelter sponsored by Red Hat is almost here. Sunday, April 7th, we will have our 5K & 10K runs, 3K walk, and Kid’s Sprint. We will have our Corporate Team Challenge and a GORUCK division this year. Visit our website at https://nsks.org/run-and-walk-for-food-and-shelter/ to register.

Pre-registration and number pick-up will be at Fleet Feet in Nashua from 10 – 2 Saturday, April 6th. Race day registration will be available. We need runners, walkers and sponsors to make this fundraiser a success. Our corporate sponsors are listed next. It’s not too late for your company to join them in supporting this great event. Email Carol at carol@nsks.org.

2019 Race Sponsors

Sponsors help make our Race/Walk a success!
Thank to our current sponsors as we go to print:
Red Hat
Unity Construction Inc.
Eastern Bank
Levesque Family Dentistry
Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Center for Physical Therapy & Exercise
College Bound Movers
Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
Apple Therapy Nashua
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
The Print Factory
Rivier University
Welts, White & Fontaine, PC
Worthen Industries, Inc.

Executive Directors Blog

When I think of a shopping mall, my mind tends to go to Christmas shopping or throngs of teenagers or even how I will ever be able to make an appointment at the Apple Store. But if you have visited the Pheasant Lane Mall since the first of January, you may have noticed a new kiosk by the Buffalo Wild Wings entrance. Here you will find information on hunger in our community and a collection point for donations of food to our pantry. A reasonable person might think the placement of the kiosk a little unusual. Shopping malls are for shopping after all. We don’t normally see them as supporting the philanthropic spirit.

Certainly, a huge thank you goes to Joe, a volunteer who, with his family, has prepared the Christmas Eve meal at the kitchen for the past 20+ years and who had a connection at the mall. We also applaud Ken, Elizabeth, and the management team for having the vision to see Pheasant Lane playing a broader role in supporting the community. And at the same time, there is a larger point to make about the nature of philanthropy.

Often, our philanthropic actions take place around a special day such as Christmas or Chanukah or Thanksgiving. Sometimes, our workplace or our service group will organize a special event like a winter coat drive or gathering supplies to go back to school. All of these are important and, in fact, critical for the work we do at the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter.

There is a twist to the kiosk at Pheasant Lane that I think is important. Quotidian is a word, meaning occurring daily or in daily life. I like the idea that our philanthropy, our love for our fellow human being, occurs not just at the exceptional moment but can be quotidian, occurring in the daily space of our life and work. There are people, perhaps you are one of them, who will visit the location on Daniel Webster Highway three times a month or more. Imagine what it would be like if every time they went, they brought a donation to feed the hungry of our community. Imagine if every time you went to your place of worship, you brought not just a contribution for the offering but a selection of fresh vegetables to help young people grow strong and healthy. Imagine if every time you bought lunch, you texted a $1 donation [MEALSFORKIDS to 44-321] to prepare an evening meal for a child in Nashua. Imagine if every day, all of us took a moment to ask “what can I do for others?” and found a small way to make a difference. My guess is that an already great community would become astonishing.

Wishing you all the best and thank you for all you already do.

In peace, Michael

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