BSA Troop 306 Helps Stock Pantry

Many thanks to BSA Troop 306 from Redding for helping our neighbors in need with these pantry donations! 🙏 Pictured here is Troop leader Toni Erian dropping off the generous donations at Operation Hope 😊

Shop Small Today – and Every Day

Today is Small Business Saturday! Keep your dollars local! Shop and support local small businesses today – in person and online! Many of our town’s businesses generously support Operation Hope and our neighbors in need. Please return the favor and support our business neighbors – in Fairfield, Southport, Easton and the surrounding area – on this Small Business Saturday and through the holiday season! ❤️❤️

Happy Thanksgiving from Our Family to Yours

Here at Operation Hope, we are deeply thankful for YOU and for being part of such a generous, giving and loving community. For almost forty years, you have embraced us and supported our efforts to end hunger and end homelessness right here at home. You have been here for us during some of the darkest times.

From the child who empties her piggy bank for us, to the many schools and organizations who host drives on our behalf, to the families, organizations and restaurants who make meals to feed our guests in the Community Kitchen to the individuals, organizations and companies who give us monetary and in kind donations of any amount, to those who advocate on our behalf, to everyone else in between, and then some, we are deeply thankful. To our staff, Board, volunteers and loyal donors, thank you for keeping those most in need in your heart today and every day.

While Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather and celebrate the bounty of the season, for many here at home, the holiday is a stark reminder of their struggle with hunger and homelessness. Thank you for sharing your bounty, which helps us provide food, housing and services for our neighbors right here in Fairfield, and not just on Thanksgiving, but throughout the year. We wish you and your loved ones a blessed Thanksgiving and a bountiful season of giving thanks ❤️🍽🦃🍁🙏🏽

Food Donations for Thanksgiving Community Meal Needed

We rely heavily on donations and volunteers, and are always deeply grateful for the help. $0.95 of each dollar we raise is used to serve our clients. There is not much left for what we need to run our organization. For the first time, we are struggling to feed our guests who will be served a meal in our Community Kitchen on Thanksgiving Day. Would you consider donating an item or two to help round out our meal? Please drop off items at 50 Nichols St, Fairfield on either November 23 between 9:30am-4:30pm (we will reheat for serving on Thursday) or on Thanksgiving Day (November 24) between 10am-12pm (bring heated, if possible). Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Michelle Stearns at [email protected] ASAP if you can contribute any of these items. Thank you.

  • 15 lb cooked & sliced ham (1 needed)
  • Mashed Potatoes (1 tray needed to serve 15 people)
  • Vegetables/Any Type (3 trays needed to serve 15 people per tray)
  • Butternut Squash (2 trays needed to serve 15 people per tray)
  • Green Bean Casserole (3 trays needed to serve 15 people per tray)
  • Mac & Cheese (4 trays needed to serve 15 people per tray)
  • Centerpieces (6) 

We wish you and yours a blessed and bountiful Thanksgiving. 

Toiletry Drive Offers 3 Drop Off Locations through December 17

Meet 3 Peas in a Pod! Three very close friends with similar upbringings who share a passion for giving back to their communities. 3 Peas is hosting a toiletry drive for Operation Hope through December 17 with three drop off locations:

  • Atmosair: 418 Meadow St, Fairfield
  • Hair Luuxxe Studio: 515 W Main St, Norwalk
  • Capri: 1417 Post Rd, Fairfield – ONE DAY DROP OFF ON DECEMBER 4, 12-4pm

3 Peas’ goal is to support individuals and families on their paths towards self-sufficiency. They use their community connections to identify an array of services to help people in need succeed. And, they support the agencies and partners that step up to help them serve others. Thank you to 3 Peas for helping our neighbors in need through their shared passion of doing good.

 

Community Partner Trinity Solar Wishes You a Happy Thanksgiving!

Trinity Solar wishes you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! Trinity Solar is thankful to help you – and Operation Hope – at the same time! Sign up for a no-obligation appointment at https://www.trinity-solar.com/organization/operation-hope/Operation Hope gets $100 for each free, no-obligation consultation! $100 helps us feed a family of five for a month. And if you choose to have Trinity Solar install solar in your home, Operation Hope receives $1,000, which can offer support services for a family for a year.
 
Save the planet, save money and save a neighbor. Sign up for Trinity Solar at https://www.trinity-solar.com/organization/operation-hope/ or call 800-655-2500 (be sure to mention Operation Hope). Thank you! ☀️ 🌞🌱♻️💲
 
 

7 Habits of Highly Effective People Inspires Student to Host Bake Sale for Neighbors in Need

Kiran Rajan, 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. Kiran thought about how fortunate she is to never have to know what it feels like to go hungry or not have a roof over her head. She decided to organize a bake sale to raise funds for Operation Hope. Kiran planned the menu, shopped and baked with her mom, had her dad help set up and enlisted her sister and a friend to help sell the baked goods outside Snappy Gator, a store in Fairfield Center. Kiran learned how to communicate the work Operation Hope does to end hunger and homeless for those in need in our community and how to ask for donations (not an easy task!). She raised $613, which she presented to Pantry Manager Heather Woelk and Pantry volunteer Kathleen McNamara. We are grateful to students like Kiran for taking the initiative to care for and feed our neighbors in need. Thank you, Kiran, and also to your friends and family who supported you in this endeavor!

“Hope for the Holidays” Gift Program Seeks Sponsors & General Gift Card Donations

‼️🎁Operation Hope’s “Hope for the Holidays” sponsors for individuals & general gift cards needed!🎁‼️
 
Add some joy to your holiday season by doing something that will make a difference for another person. We are in need of sponsors for 40 individuals and general gift cards. As we have done for the past two years, we are limiting donations to gift cards only. General gift cards can be in the denomination of $25 and for ShopRite, Stop & Shop, Target and Visa. “Hope for the Holidays” helps connect local families and individuals in need with generous individuals and organizations in our community to provide food and gifts they might otherwise go without.
 
We ask those interested in “adopting” an individual or providing general gift cards to let us know ASAP by emailing Evie Angel, Hope for the Holidays Program Chair, at [email protected]. Let Evie know if you would like to adopt an individual or provide general gift cards. Gift cards are due to Evie by December 1. Thank you for opening your heart this holiday season! ❤️
 
 
 

Thanking Our Veterans Today – And Every Day

Today, and every day, we honor our country’s Veterans, who serve in the most selfless of ways to protect our freedoms 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙🇺🇸

Here at home, we are proud that our state, Connecticut, continues to lead the country in curbing Veterans’ homelessness. If you or someone you know is having difficulty getting the Veterans’ services they need, please contact Senator Chris Murphy’s office or visit https://www.murphy.senate.gov/issues/veterans. 🇺🇸❤️🤍💙🇺🇸

Please note our business office, Food Pantry and Community Kitchen are closed today.

Operation Hope Closed for Veterans Day, November 11

Our office and Food Pantry will be closed on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Regular business hours (including donation drop offs) and pantry hours resume Monday, November 14. Thank you.

OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY


636 Old Post Road

Fairfield, CT 06824
203-292-5588

OFFICE & DONATION HOURS

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

PANTRY HOURS

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday:
    10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Thursday: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

OUTREACH & COMMUNITY KITCHEN

50 Nichols Street
Fairfield, CT
 06824
203-254-2934

COMMUNITY KITCHEN HOURS

Meals served Monday - Friday:

  • Lunch: 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Dinner: 5:30pm - 6:30pm