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.
Heroes & Superstars Reception
Save the date for our 2nd Annual event on December 8th, 2PM – 4PM here at the 2 Quincy Street Dining Room. We invite all our volunteers, (Breakfast, Pantry, Dinner, Special Events, etc.) to come mingle, chat, and enjoy light refreshments. We’ll be giving out awards to volunteers that have gone above and beyond in 2019 and to clients that have reached their goals.
Holiday Food Boxes
It’s that time of year again when we open our hearts and pantry to families in need for the holidays. On November 21, 22, 25, 26 & 27 we will distribute Thanksgiving food boxes to over 1,100 families in need. On December 19, 20, 23 & 24 we’ll distribute our Christmas food boxes. Each box will have a month’s share of non-perishables, fresh produce, eggs, and holiday meal staples, including turkeys! These are very busy weeks for us, but something we look forward to!
Please contact Carol for holiday volunteer opportunities. We depend on many volunteers during this time to assist us. If you or your business would like to hold a non-perishable food drive, or if you can donate $10 grocery cards, please contact Carol with questions or FMI firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting to Know Our NSKS Staff
Rich Walker, Pantry Supervisor
When asked about a fond memory from his job, Rich had the following story to share:
“I had a couple come in for the first time, so they didn’t know anything about our programs or what we provided. I helped them select their food and noticed that they had a baby. I explained that we had supplies for babies as well, things like diapers and formula. I brought them a bottle of formula and the father begins crying. He told me that I had just given him the ability to purchase his medication. He was going to give up his medication to spend that money on getting formula for his baby. Now he didn’t have to because of the soup kitchen and that is why I love my job. I was able to help a person when they needed it the most.” – Rich Walker
Rich Walker is one of NSKS volunteers turned staff. He spent the first six months of his time at NSKS volunteering sixty hours a week because he loved the position so much. Once offered a job, Rich accepted happily and plans on never leaving as long as he is able to work.
19th Annual Dinner Auction
Ending Hunger Warrior: Granite Subaru
Ending Homelessness Hero:
Anonymous, Gate City Electric
Child Hunger Champion:
Eastern Bank, Eileen & Ben Freedman, Microdesk, Inc., Southern New Hampshire Health
Enterprise Bank Charitable Foundation, India Association of New Hampshire, Liberty Utilities, Lovering Volvo Cars Nashua, White Mountain IT Services, WRP Properties LLC
Food Pantry Guardian:
All Pets Veterinary Hospital, Bank of New Hampshire, Brady Sullivan Properties, Eaton & Berube Insurance Agency, Fay’s Fine Cabinetry, G.M. Roth Design Remodeling Inc., Gate City Collisions Center, Joanne & Roger Gaudette, Janet & Dan Griffin, Ioana Singureanu, Landmark Benefits, Lowell Five Bank, Nash Foundation, The Sleek Booth, VPS Drywall LLC
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, The Blueprint Ministries, Earl Prolman, CLU, ChFC, Friends of NSKS, Journey’s End, Kalil & Kress Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Law Logistics, Inc., RBC Wealth Management, ReVision Energy, Weisman, Tessier, Lambert & Halloran
Bangor Savings Bank, Martha & Christopher Daigle, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Harvey Construction Corporation, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, Johnson’s Electric Supply Inc., Liz LaRose & Mike Dionne, Longfellow New Hampshire, Morin’s Landscaping, Inc., Nashua Teachers’ Union
We are grateful to all of you for helping make our event a success.
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30 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays
Many families call us this time of year, asking what they can do to help. We’ve created this list with items you can collect throughout the next 30 days. You can bring them to us by December 13th and we’ll give your box to a family in need.
- Box of Cereal or Oatmeal
- Peanut Butter
- Pasta (any type)
- Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
- Canned Corn
- Canned Green Beans
- Cream of Mushroom Soup
- Canned Mixed Vegetables
- Boxed Mashed Potatoes
- Gravy (canned or envelope)
- Cranberry Sauce
- Stuffing Mix (Bag or Box)
- Canned Sweet Potatoes
- Package Miniature Marshmallows
- Package of Shaving Razors
- Shaving Cream
- Bar of Soap or Bodywash
- Toilet Paper
- Box of Tissues
- Package of festive Table Napkins
- Holiday candy or cookies
- Hot chocolate
- Frozen turkey or $10 gift card
Wish List for Ways You Can Help
WISH LIST for WAYS YOU CAN HELP
- $10 Grocery Gift cards
- Financial Contributions
- Large Diapers
- Food Drives
- Winter Hats & Gloves (all ages)
- Participate in 30 Acts of Kindness for the Holidays
Remember NSKS as you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. Please give generously. Thank you!!
Executive Directors Blog
For anyone working with those in economic crisis, the hardest part is the impact it has on children. There is a passage in the old testament that the sins of the parents will be passed down to the third or fourth generation. Current research in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) is bearing out this witness from several thousand years ago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, there is “a significant relationship between the number of ACEs a person experienced and a variety of negative outcomes in adulthood, including poor physical and mental health, substance abuse, and risky behaviors.”
While I am not a social scientist, I have seen the impact poverty has had on our children: Susan, age seven, doing her best to help her four younger siblings and her 22 year old mom; or Benjamin, age five, with cavities in most of this teeth; or Jason, “camping out” with his parents because they have no place to stay. These kids either make us want to hang our head in shame or come back to the office the next day and work just a little bit harder. Perhaps, when we’re honest, we want to do a little bit of both.
Childhood poverty is a complex problem requiring a multidimensional, multi-agency approach, including school systems, child welfare, family, friends, and neighbors. The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter can’t fix all of the problems, but we can help a child living in our community have a better day. When a child is about to miss a birthday, we make sure there is a celebration. When a child will otherwise miss Christmas, we make sure there are presents. When a child is going to school for the first time, we make sure they have school supplies and we keep helping with those school supplies until they graduate. We help parents provide food each week and we make sure children have at least a gallon of milk once a month. When kids come to the community kitchen, they have a separate dining area in which to eat complete with a library and chalkboard. After two years, our Nashua Meals for Kids program is now delivering frozen meals to five different public schools to make sure every child going home will have something for supper. Perhaps most importantly, when a child would otherwise have no place to go, we provide the only emergency shelter for families in our community.
All of these things and more happen only because of you. The “fund a need” for this year’s annual auction will be raising funds to support our children’s programing with a goal of raising $50,000. Please consider attending on November 2nd and, if you can’t attend, any gift you make noting “fund a need” or children’s programs will be included in the total.
Thank you so much for all you do and all of your support.
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