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.
Nashua Meals for Kids
A teacher reports a child having no more than a bag of Doritos for dinner. An after school counselor tells of a young boy saving up the school milk for the weekend to have something to drink. These stories and so many like them are unfortunately not the exception but the rule for too many of Nashua’s children.
40 percent of the children in Nashua Public schools receive free or reduced lunch. In the five elementary schools of Fairgrounds, Ledge, Amherst, Mt. Pleasant, and Dr. Crisp, 70 percent of the children are eligible. For Dr. Crisp, the number is as high as 80 percent.
According to Children’s Health Watch, “young children who experienced food insecurity as infants and toddlers are at a significant developmental disadvantage, upon entering kindergarten. Research on school-aged children reveals that food insecurity negatively impacts school engagement which translates to lower math and reading scores as well as impaired social skills.”
This summer, NSKS will be partnering with Corpus Christie, Ending 68 Hours of Hunger, the Salvation Army, and Southern New Hampshire Services to pilot an effort to ensure every child in our community has access to three meals a day, seven days a week. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering for the Nashua Meals for Kids program, visit our website at https://www.nashuamealsforkids.org/
Summer is on its way and we need your help with our annual “Backpacks for Back to School” Program. We collect new back- packs and school supplies for families trying to live on minimum wage, staying at our shelters, or coming to the soup kitchen for food. Everyone loves this program and helping kids get ready for school. New backpacks & school supplies always bring joy to the approximately 2,000 kids who get them.
This year we are looking for donations to be dropped oﬀ between July 31 – August 3, Monday through Thursday from 10AM – 4PM. If you have items to donate and those times won’t work, email Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will need volunteers to help us sort, organize, assemble and distribute. Go to our Backpack Program page for our School Supply List and more details.
Whole Foods Community Giving Day for NSKS:
Thursday, June 22nd
Whole Foods is one of our strong community partners. Every Tuesday through Friday, we pick up donations of food to help stock our Food Pantry and use in our kitchen for meals to help feed the hungry in our community. On June 22nd, the Amherst Street store will have a “5% Day”. Five percent of that day’s net sales will be donated to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter and help with our efforts supporting the Meals for Kids: ending childhood hunger in Nashua.
“Bag Hunger”™ is Back
We are thrilled to let you know you can Bag Hunger™ again at the Nashua Hannaford and always at Harvest Market in Hollis. We kicked oﬀ the program Memorial Day weekend at Nashua Hannaford where the campaign continues through the 4th of July weekend. Harvest Market runs the program year round for us.
It’s easy– at the checkout, ask your cashier for a Bag Hunger™ coupon. You can select a coupon for $2, $5, or $10. 100% of all donations collected will go to the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter. We are grateful to Harvest Market in Hollis and Nashua Hannaford for their participation and you for your generosity. We hope as you celebrate summer with picnics and cookouts you will remember those who need help in our community.
NSKS Urban Gardens
This is year three of growing some of our own food for our kitchen use and some for our Food Pantry. We have 8 raised bed gardens in the front of our building that we’ve had terriﬁc luck with! We’ll be planting our Spring crop soon, which will include: Beans, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Mesclun Mix, Peas, Rosemary, Scallions, Spinach, & Thyme. You can follow our progress on our Facebook page. Come by and see Shane if you would like to volunteer. We’d love your help!.
Run For Food & Shelter
Our 24th Annual Run for Food &Shelter – sponsored by Toyota of Nashua was a great success. Thank you to all of you who helped us raise over $61,000 to support our programs. This was the 3rd year of our NSKS 5K Run for Food & Shelter Dell Corporate Cup Challenge and it was a tremendous success, with 20 teams registering to run. The Nashua Police Department took the cup home with the fastest time; Silicon Labs took the title for the most pledges collected, totaling $1,600.00 and Pennichuck took the title for the most participants on a team, 28 runners.
Thank you to our sponsors this year who included: Toyota of Nashua, beckonings, Eastern Bank, Microdesk Inc., Unity Construction Inc, Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association, Granite State Salvage Co., Levesque Family Dentistry, College Bound Movers, Eaton & Berube Insurance, Fleet Feet Sports Nashua, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Mint Printworks Screen Print & Design, Red Hat, The Telegraph, Apple Therapy of Nashua, LLC, Cullen Collimore PLLC, Lovering Volvo Cars of Nashua, Rivier University, St. Joseph Hospital, Smith-Weiss Shepard, P.C. , Well Sense Health Plan, Welts, White & Fontaine, P.C., Worthen Industries, Inc., Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Lowell Five Bank and Lake Sunapee Bank.
Thank you to our Food & Drink donors: 110 Grill, Bellavance Beverages, b. good Restaurant, Burton’s Grill of Nashua, Crowne Plaza Hotel, T-Bones Hudson, Uno Pizzeria & Grill, DW Hwy, Nashua; Uno Pizzeria & Grill, Amherst St, Nashua; Walgreens on Main St, Whole Foods
Please Give Generously
Please remember the NSKS this summer.
Donations slow down during this time.
Those who depend on us thank you.
- Personal Care Items:
- Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
- Toilet Paper
- Male & Female Incontinence Products
- Non-persihable Items:
- Peanut Butter
- Boxed mac & Cheese
- Canned Chicken or Tuna
- Tomato Products
- Canned Fruits & Vegetables
- Diapers – sizes 3, 4 and 5
- New Backpacks and New School Supplies
- Volunteers for the pilot program “Nashua Meals for Kids”
- Volunteers for our Food Pantry
- Financial Contributions
SAVE THE DATE
17th Annual NSKS Dinner Auction
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Executive Directors Blog
Tales from the front lines of hunger and homelessness in our community…
Today I went for a run (still trying to ﬁll Lisa’s shoes!) and on the way back in I met a man named Lawrence. Lawrence has been a frequent donor to the Kitchen, dropping off food whenever he was able. He lives pay check to pay check and today, there was a ﬁre in his apartment. He has a place to stay but he needed some food to get by. I should mention that he came by after our normal pantry hours but our pantry manager Richie opened everything back up and we made sure he wouldn’t be hungry for the next seven days.
Two weeks ago, our Hispanic advocate, Juana Fields, asked me if I was “handy” and I soon found myself assembling a stroller for a young mom with a toddler and another on the way. While her husband works in a local garage, she generally walks or takes the bus around town. She left knowing her growing family would be safe as they grow into the future.
I have been talking with an individual who has been struggling with mental illness. Sometimes, even getting to the Kitchen has been too much. It may have been the sun peeking out from behind the clouds but today was a better day. I got a warm smile and a ringing “This place is great!”
Not every day ends with sunshine. Times are hard for far too many of our family, friends, and neighbors. What I love about NSKS is that we are there, day in and day out, presenting love, compassion, and a hand for anyone and everyone in need.
I know that I’ve said it before but we really couldn’t do it without you!
– Michael Reinke
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