Join Us Saturday for a Social Distancing Food Drive

Our next social distancing food drive will be this Saturday, August 8, 10am-12pm. Thanks to Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers for hosting! The drive will be held at their temporary location at 1551 Post Road. Drive by, donate and do good! No contact and no need to leave your car. All volunteers and staff will be wearing masks and gloves. If you prefer to help from afar, feel free to purchase from our Amazon Wish List here or donate cash so we can buy exactly what our clients need here. Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!

Thanks to Donors for Recent Amazon Wish List Deliveries

Our Amazon Food Pantry Wish List makes it quick and easy for you to help feed and care for our neighbors in need AND maintain social distancing! Click here to help stock our pantry with just 1 click. And if our choices are out of stock or won’t come in for another month, feel free to choose other brands or similar items. Or even donate directly to us here so we can purchase exactly what our clients need. Our gratitude to these recent generous donors: Phillip & Connor Sweeney, Wendy Converse, National Charity League, Mark Christoffersen, Carla G. Sheehan, Cathleen, Gray Family, Gomez Family, Boy Scout Troop 39 (Westport), North Benson Bakes (Fairfield University’s baking club), Mousumi Ghosh, Nora Robin, Pat Alianello, Terry Brannigan, Andrea Shantz, Melinda Hamilton, Kristin Lupo, Andrea M. Ceo and anonymous friends. Keep them coming, food and personal care items are flying off our shelves for us to pack into bags for our clients to pick up curbside. In just a few minutes, click, donate and help someone in need. Thank you from the bottom of our heart! ❤️🙏🏽❤️

Birdhouses for the Homeless Surpasses Fundraising Goal

Fairfield teens Grace Kenney and Vicky Sgaglione created “Birdhouses for the Homeless” to spread awareness and help solve one of the problems Fairfield County faces, homelessness. There are thousands of individuals and families in shelter at any time, and hundreds more living without shelter in Connecticut. When Grace and Vicky heard about this, they became determined to do something to help solve this problem. The girls sell decorated birdhouses, with the proceeds donated to Operation Hope. In 2019, the girls raised $355 for Operation Hope. However, this summer, the girls came up with a fun idea knowing so many people were staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They decided to sell paint your own birdhouse kits and set a goal of raising $1,000. Grace and Vicky, along with little sister Maeve Kenney, surpassed their goal and raised $1,100! Wow! Thank you, Grace, Vicky and Maeve. Not only did you inspire creativity but you inspire hope for our neighbors in need.

Trinity Solar Helps Save Money and Raise Money

Trinity Solar is helping homeowners take control of increasing utility bills ☀️ Don’t miss out on your chance to save money and help raise money for Operation Hope! Sign up to have a solar professional speak to you about your bill and see if your home will qualify for solar. A $1,500 rebate for those that go solar and Operation Hope will also receive a $1,500 contribution. That can go a long way to help our neighbors in need. Sign up today here!

Henry C. Reid Hosts this Week’s Social Distancing Drive

Thanks to Greg French and Henry C. Reid & Son Jewelers for organizing this week’s drive to benefit Operation Hope! Drive by, donate and do good! No contact and no need to leave your car. All volunteers and staff will be wearing masks and gloves. Or feel free to purchase from our Amazon Wish List here or donate cash so we can buy exactly what our clients need here. Thank you for helping our neighbors in need!

SASO Food Drive on August 15

Thanks to SASO (Scholars & Athletes Serving Others) members and Fairfield Warde High School juniors Cooper Dionne and Chance de la Garrigue for organizing a contactless food drive to benefit Operation Hope! The drive will take place on Saturday, August 15, 9am-2pm and will offer two drop-off locations in Fairfield: 1207 Valley Road and 261 Hemlock Hills Road South. Click here for more info and the Food Pantry wish list.

Securing Safe Food Continues to Donate Allergy-Friendly Foods to Pantry

Thanks once again to high school student Rachel Brooks from Securing Safe Food for donating dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free and nut-free cookies and dairy and egg free pretzels to our Food Pantry! People’s dietary needs are vast so we appreciate being able to offer allergy-friendly and gluten-free options to our neighbors in need when possible.

Founded in March by Rachel, the allergy awareness initiative Securing Safe Food works to provide allergy-friendly and gluten free options to food pantries across the nation by collaborating with allergy-friendly US manufacturers and brands. Securing Safe Food supplies dairy, egg, nut and gluten-free nonperishables and refrigerated/frozen goods to over 20 pantries in CT, CA, NJ, MA, and NY and has donated over 7,500 food items to these pantries to date. Securing Safe Food is raising funds to become a legally certified non-profit and acquire 501(c)(3) status. If you’d like to support this initiative, please click here.

Homeless Outreach Team Keeps People Hydrated During Heat Wave

EOC coordinated with Mayor Ganim's office to facilitate the distribution of free water bottles at McLevy Green in Downtown Bridgeport with Operation Hope to promote hydration in our community during these hot summer days! #Bridgeport #StayHydrated #health #drinkwater

Posted by Bridgeport Emergency Operation Center on Monday, July 27, 2020

Thanks to the Bridgeport Emergency Operation Center, our Homeless Outreach team and our good friend Scott Appleby for donating the water for our Homeless Outreach staff to distribute yesterday. These are the dog days of summer. Please stay cool and hydrated, folks!

Social Distancing Food Drive

Drive by, donate and do good! Join us for a social distancing food drive this Saturday, August 1, 10am-12pm at Berkshire Hathaway, 1583 Post Road, Fairfield. No contact, all volunteers and staff will be wearing masks and gloves. And if you prefer to help from afar, feel free to purchase off our Amazon Wish List here or donate cash so we can buy exactly what our clients need here. Thank you!

Our most needed items include: Cash/checks/grocery store gift cards, shelf-stable (boxed) milk, peanut butter, oatmeal, canned vegetables (green beans, peas, corn & carrots), canned chili & stew, cookies & crackers, cleaning products, Lysol spray, paper towels dried potatoes, baked beans, jelly, stuffing & gravy, ramen packets (not instant cups), condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, salad dressing), canned tomatoes (14 oz. diced, crushed, sauce, etc.), pasta sauce, popcorn. Regular sized items (not bulk) preferred as they fit into bags we pack for curbside pickup for clients.

Food Drive Rescheduled to Next Week

Today’s food drive for 10am-12pm at Berkshire Hathaway has been RESCHEDULED for next week. In the meantime, we’d love any help you can offer through cash donations here or our Amazon Wish List here. Our pantry shelves are emptying faster than we can keep them filled for our food pantry clients. Thank you!