Operation Hope Community Garden Sees a Bountiful Summer

Fairfield Ludlowe students Harper Treschuk, Jordan Stein and Campbell Treschuk have been hard at work this summer at the Operation Hope Community Garden located on the First Church Congregational property. Little sister Sylvie Treschuk has also lent her helping hands to the garden. Broccoli, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, beans – all have been planted and harvested with care, feeding our neighbors in need through the Operation Hope food pantry. We are truly grateful not just for the opportunity to offer fresh produce in our pantry but that this has been a wonderful way for our young volunteers to connect and give back to the community in a meaningful way. Thank you for your green thumbs and big hearts, Harper, Jordan, Campbell and Sylvie! 

Round Up for Operation Hope at Turnpike Spirit Shop

$1,431 worth of thank yous to the generous customers and staff at Turnpike Spirit Shop! Operation Hope was the beneficiary of the store’s round up bucket through the month of August. The $1,431 will go far in helping us feed and care for our neighbors in need. We are deeply grateful to be part of such a dedicated and giving community.

Fairfield CERT Volunteers Kept Our Pantry Going During the Pandemic

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff and volunteers recognized the need to change the operations of our pantry. A curbside, prepackaged delivery system was created to safely provide food and other essential items to those in need in the Town of Fairfield, CT. In these unprecedented times, many volunteers were unable to help due to the high risk of COVID-19. However, Fairfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteered to help run the food distribution tent which helped ensure that we could continue to feed our community. Fairfield CERT is a trained volunteer organization which works under the Town of Fairfield’s Emergency Management Department. During this pandemic, CERT volunteers showed up, quickly joined the Operation Hope team and helped those in need. Since April 3, just a few weeks after the Town essentially shut down, CERT volunteers have provided 33 volunteers over 87 day of service and over 1,500 volunteer hours. They made the difference between Operation Hope remaining open and not closing down at a time when our community was truly in need. As our pantry returns indoors due to space concerns and fall approaching, several CERT volunteers plan to stay and help us after these changes are made.
 
Yesterday, we hosted a send off lunch to thank the CERT volunteers for their efforts, with sandwiches catered from

Fred 06825 and the most adorable decorated cookies from Custom Cookies by Marina. Also on hand were Fairfield First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick, whose office we thank for issuing proclamations for the volunteers, as well as
Fairfield Fire Department Fire Chief Denis McCarthy and Deputy Fire Chief Kyran Dunn.
 
We are deeply grateful to all of the dedicated and brave CERT volunteers for going above and beyond during this challenging time to help feed and care for our Fairfield neighbors in need.
 

Sign Up for Solar and Help Operation Hope

The sun is out, it’s time to take advantage of solar! We are excited to welcome a few more Fairfield families to the Trinity Solar fold. These families are supporting Operation Hope by going solar and taking control of their monthly utility bill increases. Why not join them? And once your system is installed, Trinity Solar will send YOU and Operation Hope each $1,500! It’s a win-win-win! The $1,500 we receive will go a long way towards maintaining our affordable housing units. Sign up here to see if solar works for you!

Food Pantry Closed Today, August 27

Due to inclement weather, our Food Pantry will be closed today, Thursday, August 27. The Pantry will reopen for regular hours on Friday, August 28, 10am-12pm. Thank you and stay safe. 

Save the Date for Operation Hope’s Golf Outing

Save the date for Operation Hope’s Golf Outing! A beloved annual event, we look forward to seeing friends, new and old, on Monday, October 5 at Country Club of Fairfield (no rain date). This event is really important for us to be able to raise funds to continue our operations and help our neighbors in need, especially as we’ve had to cancel our gala and tag sale this year. Please click here to purchase a foursome, play as an individual or sponsor the event. Or contact Paula Morthanos, Business Manager, at 203-292-5588 or pmorthanos@operationhopect.org. We are deeply grateful for the continued support once again from Title Sponsor Webster Bank. We hope to see you on the links!

Local Girl Scout Combines Entrepreneurship and Giving Back

Here’s how one Girl Scout found a way to bring sweetness and light to many families during the most unusual of summers while helping our neighbors in need. Meet Anjali! Wanting to earn her Junior Business Owner badge, Anjali created $10 cookie jars  – simply add butter, egg and vanilla to one of the four flavors and you have a sweet treat within minutes – and sold them locally. Anjali combined exploring the basics of building a business with a mission of helping those in need. A win win! Anjali allocated a portion of the cookie jar proceeds – $200 – and purchased non perishables for our food pantry. With young friends like Anjali, who is learning early what it means to be a good citizen of the world, we have much hope in the future. Thank you, Anjali, and congratulations on earning your well-deserved Junior Business Owner badge!

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.

ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES

ADDRESS
636 Old Post Road

Fairfield CT 06824

HOURS

Main Office:
Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Summer hours: Main Office closes at 1:00pm on Fridays

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