June Pet Pantry A Success

This week’s Traveling Pet Food Pantry was the second in a series of distributions set to take place at Operation Hope in Fairfield. The turnout was great, we had 22 families and 46 pets. Of those 22 families, 12 were repeat families from last month. We distributed 194.8 lbs of dry cat food, 785 cans of cat food, 365.5 lbs of dry dog food and 103 cans of dog food. The food is provided at no charge to community members in need of support so that pets in homes can stay with the families that they already love so much. All of the pet food provided has come to the Connecticut Humane Society by way of generous donations. We are grateful for the CHS’s support of our neighbors in need, especially our four-legged friends!

The final Pet Pantry is July 13, 12:30-2:30pm at Operation Hope. Enter the parking lot at 148 Beach Road. Appointments are required, please call 860-594-4500 x6308 to schedule your appointment.

Seeking Your Feedback for the Fairfield Housing Plan Survey

The Town is updating its 2014 Housing Plan and 2016 Plan of Conservation and Development – both of which look at the current and anticipated future housing needs in Fairfield. The survey is an opportunity for Fairfield residents to provide input about their housing experiences and feedback about housing options that Fairfield might consider. We hope you will take 5-7 minutes to complete the survey which can be found here. Thank you!

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Inspires Student to Host Food Drive

Dylan O’Brian, a 7th grader at Fairfield Woods Middle School, recently read Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in health class. To encourage communication, organization, and self-management skills, the students had to initiate, plan, and carry out a community service project of their choosing. Dylan thought about how fortunate he is to always have healthy food available to him and to never have to know what it feels like to go hungry. He decided to organize a food drive to help fill the pantry at Operation Hope. Dylan emailed all of his neighbors and went door to door collecting donations, which he then delivered to Operation Hope last week. We are grateful to students like Dylan for taking the initiative to care for and feed our neighbors in need. Thank you, Dylan, and also to your neighbors and family who supported you in this endeavor!

Help Stock Our Pantry In June

If you’re stocking up on your pantry basics, please take a moment to help our neighbors in need. Our most pressing needs are cash, checks and grocery store gifts cards, which allow us to purchase fresh produce, dairy and meat for our clients. Regular sized items (not bulk) appreciated. Drop off at our pantry M-F, 9am-5pm at 636 Old Post Road; there’s a drop off area to the left of the building. Or simply shop our Amazon Wish List and send the donation directly to us at http://bit.ly/oh-pantry-wish-list. And, monetary donations are always welcome so we can purchase exactly what we need for our clients: http://bit.ly/oh-donate. Thank you!

– CASH, CHECKS, GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS (to buy perishables)
– Granola bars & popcorn
– Ground coffee
– Paper towels
– Pancake syrup & honey
– Ensure & Boost
– Nuts, dried fruit & trail mix
– Cookies & crackers
– Spices, sauces, seasonings, marinades & bread crumbs
– Canned olives, artichokes & mushrooms
– Tuna & other canned meats
– Canned mushrooms, olives & artichokes
– Mayonnaise, salad dressing, pickles, relish & sauerkraut
– Refried beans, salsa & international foods
– Pull Ups (2/3 T & 5/6 T)
– Toothpaste & adult toothbrushes
– Disposable razors & shaving cream

Community Kitchen in Need of Lunch & Dinner Servers this Summer

As restrictions continue to lift, we are excited to announce we have in-person openings this summer to help our neighbors in need! We are in need of meal servers, primarily for dinner, but also some lunches. All meals are served at our Community Kitchen at 50 Nichols Street, Fairfield, next to the police station. Servers must be 18+. Lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday. The lunch shift is 11:15am-1:00pm and the dinner shift is 5:15pm-7:00pm. The commitment can be once a week for the entire summer or for a portion (i.e. July only), every other week or sporadically as we need help. If interested, send us an email at info@operationhopect.org. Please indicate your level of commitment, as well as your preference for lunch or dinner. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Stearns, will reach out to you with more info once we receive your email. Thank you!

Season’s First Lettuces Harvested in Operation Hope Garden

It’s almost summer and gardens all around are starting to produce results! Fairfield Ludlowe student Harper Treschuk has been busy preparing the Operation Hope Community Garden, located on the First Church Congregational property, for what is hopefully a bountiful season. The first plants to be harvested are lettuces! Harper delivered these to our food pantry, where our neighbors in need will be able to enjoy the fresh produce. We are truly grateful not just for the opportunity to offer fresh produce in our pantry but that this is a wonderful way for our young volunteers to connect and give back to the community in a meaningful way. Thank you for your green thumb and big heart, Harper!

Spring Diaper Drive, Hosted by State Rep Laura Devlin

Here’s a great way to help some our most vulnerable citizens! State Rep. Laura Devlin (R-134) in cooperation with Operation Hope will be hosting a Diaper Drive to help our Fairfield neighbors in need of these baby essentials. Diapers are quite expensive and are an essential need for babies, yet they are not covered by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits. Opened packs and any sizes welcome! Drop off through June 25 at these locations:

  • Old Town Hall, 611 Old Post Rd
  • St. Paul’s, 661 Old Post Rd
  • St. Timothy’s, 4670 Congress St
  • A Child’s Garden, 100 Mona Terr

The drive concludes Saturday, June 26 at Saugatuck Sweets, 1-2p, with special guest First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick. Bring a donation if you can! Thanks to Rep. Laura Devlin for spearheading this effort!

Trinity Solar at Memorial Day Parade

Happy Memorial Day! 🇺🇸 ❤️🤍💙As we honor and remember our veterans and their service to our country🙏🏽at the parade here in Fairfield on Monday, stop by the Trinity Solar tent in front of Operation Hope, 9am-1pm. Learn about how you can save money, help raise money for Operation Hope and preserve Mother Earth 🌍☀️💚🏡 💵

If you won’t be at the parade, sign up to have a Trinity Solar professional speak to you about your bill and see if your home will qualify for solar. For every qualified consultation, Operation Hope will receive $100, which can feed a family of 5 for a month. And once your solar is installed by Trinity, Operation Hope will receive $1,000! That $1,000 can pay for winter utilities for 4 families. Simply signing up for a consultation can go a long way to help our neighbors in need 💚🙏🏽💚Sign up at https://www.trinity-solar.com/organization/operation-hope/!

Happy Memorial Day!

Today, on Memorial Day, we honor the memory of the men and women who died in active military service, as well as acknowledge the service and sacrifice of active service members. Thank you. ❤️🤍💙🇺🇸 Our business office and Food Pantry at 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield are closed today. The Food Pantry will resume regular hours Wednesday, June 2, 10am-12pm.

Luna Azzurra & Sherman School PTA Feed Neighbors in Need

Many thanks to Sherman School PTA and Luna Azzurra for providing tonight’s meal for our Community Kitchen guests 🥘 As always, they were treated to a delicious dinner. We are especially grateful for the monthly meals from these two wonderful orgs. Thank you for feeding our neighbors in need ❤️🙏🏽❤️

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

ADDRESS
636 Old Post Road

Fairfield CT 06824

HOURS

Main Office:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm

FOOD PANTRY

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
10:00am to 12:00 noon
Thursday, 4:00pm to 6:00pm

OUTREACH & KITCHEN

ADDRESS
50 Nichols Street, Fairfield, CT

06824
Phone: (203) 254-2934

HOURS
Homeless Outreach: 4am-9pm

Community Kitchen:
lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm
dinner from 5:30pm to 6:30pm