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.
The Impact of Generous Donors
A Grandmother came in seeking utility assistance with her heating bill from our Financial Assistance coordinator, Juana. The woman was in a payment arrangement, had missed a payment, and had received notice she would be disconnected. The woman was grieving. She had been making her utility payments when her 3-month-old grandson died of SIDS. Her daughter and grandson were living with her. She was helping her daughter pay for her grandson’s funeral. After providing documentation for financial need, Juana coordinated assistance with other agencies in our area, and we paid her $800.00 utility bill. She continues to assist her daughter with the funeral home expenses.
For approximately 2 years, our Education & Employment Advocate, Donna, has known Jack, a young adult whose mother recently passed away. He had been sporadic in work primarily due to his alcohol addiction. After Jack enrolled in the Employment/Education program, Donna helped him with phone minutes, work clothes, steel-toed boots, and bus passes. He attended AA, is now clean and sober, and works steadily at a large company in Nashua.
His short-term goal is to buy a car and then to start classes at Nashua Community College.
Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter prides itself of the efficacy and sustainability of its programs. Food for its clients comes from a variety of places including food rescue, donations and the NSKS Organic Gardens. The NSKS Organic Gardens started in 2015 and have been led by dedicated volunteers, most notably of which are Dennis Roy and Fran Cannava.
Dennis came to the NSKS gardens as a novice gardener, teaching himself as he went and dedicating his time and efforts to feeding the families of Nashua fresh, healthy, locally grown produce. In his efforts he befriended and mentored longtime volunteer Fran. Together, in the three years the gardens have operated, these two dedicated individuals have produced over 1,500 pounds of food to be distributed to those in need. NSKS is humbled and grateful by the dedication of Dennis and Fran in their efforts to better the lives of those around them.
Holiday Food Boxes
It’s that time of year again when we open our hearts and pantry to families in need for the holidays. From 11/15 – 11/21 we will be distributing Thanksgiving food boxes to over 1,100 families in need. From 12/18 – 12/21 we’ll be distributing our Christmas food boxes. Each box will have all of the holiday meal staples, including turkeys! Those are very busy weeks for us, but something we look forward to each year. Helping families come through to receive these food boxes is always an enjoyable thing to be part of, and truly captures the holiday meaning.
We depend on volunteers during this time to assist us, but in lieu of time, we are also in need of items to go in the holiday food boxes. If you, your family or your business would like to be part of this program, please consider $10 gift cards or holding a food drive which incorporates traditional food items for a holiday dinner.
Nashua Meals for Kids
Nashua Meals for Kids is a program of the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter that is working to end childhood hunger in Nashua by providing an evening meal each day to children who would otherwise go hungry. Of all those living in poverty in Nashua, 11% (more than 2,500 Nashua children!) are 18 years or younger living be- low the poverty line.
Nashua Meals for Kids works to supply nutritious evening meals to children year-round. We currently provide meals to the Dr. Crisp school area, Title One Pre-K, PAL and Greater Nashua Boys & Girls Club. From June 2018 – June 2019 we delivered 23,940 frozen, evening meals!
We would like to continue to provide the meals we prep, label, freeze and deliver now and add more schools to reach more children.
- Children are going to bed hungry at night right here in Nashua
- Working together we can solve this problem
- Our “Fund-A-Need” during our Live Auction will support this program
- Or you can donate right now by texting FAN2018 to 44-321
- And if we raise enough funds, we can expand to other elementary schools in Nashua
Learn more about Nashua Meals For Kids
Thinking About Planned Giving?
We may not think about it every day, but we are all philanthropists. Just the root of the word phil or “loving” and anthropos or “humankind” is broad enough to describe all of us at least some of the time. If the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter is important to you today, please consider including us in your estate plans and supporting our efforts tomorrow.
Save The Date
December 2nd is our 1st Annual Volunteer & Client Recognition Reception! Join us from 2PM – 4PM in our Dining Room at 2 Quincy Street as we recognize sever- al of our outstanding clients and volunteers. We’ll present them with plaques to honor their efforts! Please come and help us celebrate! Light refreshments will be provided.
Please Give Generously
Remember NSKS as you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Please give generously. Thank you!!
- $10 Grocery Gift cards
- Financial Contributions Volunteers
- Large Diapers
- Holiday items:
- Canned/packets of Gravy
- Bagged/boxed Stuffing
- Cranberry Sauce
- Pie Filling
- Boxed Mashed Potatoes
Community Sponsors 18th Annual Dinner Auction
FRIEND OF NSKS
R.J. Finlay & Company
ENDING HOMELESSNESS CHAMPION
Marzen Group LLC
Eastern Bank Eileen and Ben Freedman
Bedford Automotive Resource Consultants LLC
Gate City Electric LLC
Janet & Dan Griffin
Lovering Auto Group
Paisner Family Dental
Southern New Hampshire Health
VPS Drywall LLC
Weisman, Tessier, Lambert & Halloran
White Mountain Computer
WRP Properties LLC (Rutland Manor Assoc)
Bangor Savings Bank
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
Brady Sullivan Properties
Christian Party Rental
Eaton & Berube Insurance
Fay’s Fine Cabinetry
Gate City Collision Center
Harvey Construction Corporation
Porsche of Nashua
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM PILLAR
Bank of New Hampshire
Barry & Honorow, PLLC
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union
Kalil & Kress Dentistry
Proctor Ski & Board
Professional Car Care of New England Inc
RBC Wealth Management
The Sleek Booth
Abner Taub & Liliane Sznycer
Welts, White & Fontaine LLC
Winer & Bennett, LLP
The Blueprint Ministries
Chick Beaulieu, Inc.
Alan & Rebecca Green
Independent Services Network
Morin’s Landscaping Inc
Pheasant Run Apartments
Ripano Stoneworks, Ltd.
St. Mary’s Bank
The Lannan Company
Executive Directors Blog
While September is designated as “hunger awareness month”, Thanksgiving is the time when most of us turn our thoughts to those who don’t have enough to eat or who will substitute a bag of chips for healthy food because fresh vegetables are beyond the family budget. While families across the nation gather will gather on the fourth week of November, our families come to 2 Quincy Street on the third week where we will give out over 1,100 turkeys and hams along with a basket of food for a holiday meal. With your generous philanthropic support and gifts of volunteer time, moms and dads, children and grandparents will share a meal and a moment together.
We are grateful for the support in November but of course poverty is not limited to one month out of the year. On November 3rd, we will host our annual fundraising auction where this year, the fund a need is raising charitable contributions for our efforts to end childhood hunger in Nashua. As part of our preparation, I spoke with Cherrie Fulton who is the principal at Dr. Crisp Elementary where we have pilot- ed Nashua Meals for Kids. We talked about making frozen meals, fresh produce, and groceries available and she related the following story:
Back in September, when donations of various items had been set out to give away, Cherrie noticed a girl, six or seven years of age, reach for an item on the table. Catching her principal’s eye, the girl withdrew her hand thinking she was now in some kind of trouble. Cherrie reassured her that the groceries were there to be taken and the girl proceeded to take the box home. The following day, Cherrie received a call from the girl’s mom expressing thanks. It seems that box of cereal was the only thing they had for dinner that evening.
Hunger knows no ethnicity or location. Food insecurity is not limited to a particular type of person. Some people experience poverty throughout the year where others struggle for just a month or two. One of Nashua’s state representatives spoke to me of her childhood where her family did well when her father, a construction worker was employed but struggled during the winter months when work was scarce. Another representative related a time when her father left and her mom of four children tried to make ends meet. The people who have received help over the past few years are our families, friends, and neighbors. The child receiving help today may well be the teacher of our children or the nurse to our parents, or even ourselves, tomorrow.
In 1624, John Dunne wrote “no man is an island” and that the greater whole is less if one piece of it gets washed out to the sea. As you prepare for Thanksgiving and loved ones arriving at your door, don’t just make a note of those who need help today but make a commitment to help through- out the year. Make a calendar appointment in May or June or July to volunteer to make breakfast or host a workplace food drive. Make a note to make a financial gift in March or August or September. Our future is counting on you.
In Peace, Michael
PS: Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing an exciting opportunity to shelter those experiencing homelessness in greater Nashua. We will be dedicating a special addition of our winter newsletter to this announcement and what it will mean for the services we provide.
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