Summer 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:
Summer 2019

Bread
& Board

NSKS Newsletter:
Summer
2019

Happy Summer!

Volunteers of the Month:

April:

Al James has been volunteering with us since May 2108. He assists us by checking in clients for our pantry. Over the last few months, Al has been dedicated to finding a web-based program we can use to simplify our pantry check in process. He has put in countless hours towards this endeavor. Thank you, Al! Your efforts have been very much appreciated.

May:

Joel Burns has been helping with our Friday breakfast since August 2015. Joel is our dishwasher guru and with his wonderful sense of humor, he sets the mood for a great morning. Thank you, Joel! We are truly grateful for your volunteer time!

June:

Jenn Rafferty has been a steadfast Saturday morning volunteer since June 2017. Jenn sorts and shelves our morning donations of veggies, fruits, meats and bread from area grocery stores. She then heads over to our kitchen to start the food prep for Saturday’s dinner. We are grateful for your time you spend with us Jenn! Thank you and our Saturday diners thank you, too!


 

NH Gives

Starting on June 11th at 6:00PM until June 12th at 6:00PM, you will have 24 hours (one day!) to celebrate giving across New Hampshire and to give where your heart is in our community! We will be part of this state-wide effort. To support our campaign, go to https://www.nhgives.org and type in Nashua Soup in the search button.


 

Backpack Program

Summer is on its way and we need your help with our annual “Backpacks for Back to School” Program. We collect new backpacks and school supplies for families trying to live on minimum wage, staying at our shelters, or coming to the soup kitchen for food. New backpacks & school supplies always bring joy to the approximately 1,600 kids who get them.
Donations can be dropped off July 29th – August 9th, 9AM – 4PM. We need volunteers to help sort, organize, assemble & distribute. Go to our https://nsks.org/project/nsks-backpacks-for-back-toschool page for our School Supply List and ways to volunteer. For more information email carol@nsks.org


 

NSKS Urban Gardens

Our gardens are growing again! We’ve secured additional green space behind Citizens Bank at 41 Spring Street (across from the Post Office) that can provide additional beds of fresh produce for families in need. We are looking for sponsors that can donate $400 this season to provide funds to build a raised bed filled with soil & everything to grow healthy, fresh vegetables will be provided. For more information email Meghan at meghan@nsks.org


 

Thank You To…

Nashua Public Library for holding their Mother’s Day Drive. Anyone who donated toiletries, tampons or pads got a $5 coupon good towards erasing library fines for overdue materials and we received some much-needed donations.

Nashua Post Office for sharing their Stamp Out Hunger food drive with us. We received over 70 Post Office boxes filled with food donations.

Symphony NH for their wonderful performance at our Soup Kitchen.

Little Caesars Pizza Love Kitchen for their pizza kitchen on wheels, providing fresh, hot pizzas for dinner for our clients.

Bertucci’s Restaurant for cooking and serving in our soup kitchen to provide clients with a delicious Italian dinner.

The Team at Granite Subaru and Subaru of America, Inc. for their 2018 Subaru Share the Love Event. Through customer selected charity contributions, we received a check for $38,750.

Gurney’s Automotive for raising money for us with their coupon specials throughout the year.

Digital Credit Union for their generous grant.

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund for giving a grant to the Gate City Bike Coop (through the Employment & Education Program of NSKS) to provide bike supplies for low-income individuals.

Bank of America for their generous grant.


 

“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 kick 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 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 & you for your generosity. We hope as you celebrate summer with picnics & cookouts, you’ll remember those we help in our community.

Please remember NSKS this summer.
Donations slow down during this time.
Please return the enclosed envelope with a gift.
Those who depend on us thank you.

Please Give Generously

Summer is coming and it’s the hardest time of year to keep our Food Pantry shelves stocked. Donors go on vacation. Civic groups stop meeting for the summer. And families in need have their children at home, instead of in school, to feed 3 meals a day. Our client numbers increase when our food supplies decreases. Please consider donating:

WISH LIST

  • Peanut Butter
  • Boxed Mac & Cheese
  • Cereal
  • Tomato Products
  • Canned or Boxed Soups
  • Rice
  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Pasta
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Extra Produce From Your Garden

PERSONAL CARE ITEMS

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Razors
  • Toilet Paper
  • Male & Female Incontinence Products
  • Feminine Products
  • Diapers sizes 3, 4 , and 5

Also, new backpacks, new school supplies, and we are always grateful for financial contributions.

SAVE THE DATE

19th Annual NSKS Dinner Auction
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Our 26th Annual Run/Walk for Food & Shelter sponsored by Red Hat was a great success. Thank you to our 613 runners/walkers and to all of you who helped us raise over $60,214 to support our programs. This was the 5th year of our NSKS 5K Run for Food & Shelter Corporate Cup Challenge and it was a tremendous success, with 21 teams registering to run. Results Fitness Studio took the cup home with the fastest time; First Church took the title for the most pledges
collected, totaling $1,440.00 and Results Fitness Studio took the title for the most participants- 32 on their team!

Thank you to our sponsors this year who included:

Red Hat, Eastern Bank, FLIR, Microdesk, Inc., Modern Woodmen of America, Unity Construction Inc., Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association, Levesque Dentistry, Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, College Bound Movers, Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Mint Printworks Custom T Shirts, Alene Candles LLC., Apple Therapy Nashua, Bank of New Hampshire, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, CullenCollimore PLLC, Granite State Salvage Co., Lovering Volvo Cars Nashua, The Print Factory, Rivier University, Smith-Weiss Shepard, PC, Well Sense Health Plan, Welts, White & Fontaine, PC, Worthen Industries, Inc., Bellavance Beverage Co., Datron Dynamics, Inc. and Lowell Five Bank

Executive Directors Blog

“I have to take my hat off to the volunteers and staff at the Nashua Soup kKitchen & Shelter. They are always very welcoming and they make you feel at home even though it’s not your home.”

– A comment left on a google review by a recent patron.

When I was growing up, there was a definite sense of home. Home was the place where you came home and had to water the goats and feed the chickens or ride ponies through the apple orchard. Home was sneaking a meatball out of the spaghetti sauce late in the evening when you thought no one was looking. Home was sugaring the maples that lined the road about 30 miles south of Keene. More than anything else, home was a place where you knew the people and the landscape and the feeling of acceptance, of refuge.

Every day, in our community, there are people whose power has been turned off, whose propane can’t be refilled, whose children will go to bed hungry waiting for breakfast to be provided at school the following morning. For most people, poverty is episodic. It afflicts us when the job is lost or the medical bills are too high and then after several months or perhaps a year, things come together and our families move on.

Whether the hard times are for a day, a month, a year, or for longer, NSKS is the place where people can feel at home. In his 1905 poem, “Death of the Hired Man”, Robert Frost writes “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, They have to take you in.” To me, there is no better sentence describing the mission of the Soup Kitchen and Shelter and the commitment we have to each other.

Wishing you a warm welcome home wherever you are.

– Michael Reinke

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