We’ve Been Struck by Cupid’s Arrow💘

Carole Canzoneri and her group of sweet volunteers are at it again! This time, we’ve been struck by Cupid’s arrow for Valentine’s Day 💘Thanks to Carole and team for once again spearheading the Have A Heart Valentine’s Day Project ❤️This lovely group is donating over 100 gift bags to benefit various local non profits, including Operation Hope. Each bag features some festive Valentine’s Day treats, stickers and small toys. Some of our Food Pantry clients with young children will receive these treat bags. Thank you to Carole + friends who generously donated all of the items to fill the bags. We are grateful for your big hearts 🥰

Donate to Fill our Pantry Shelves in February

The winter is typically a low season for food pantry donations. 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-4:30pm at 636 Old Post Road; there’s a drop off area to the left of the building. Please ring the bell and someone will greet you. Please do not leave donations unattended and when the office is closed. Monetary donations are always welcome so we can purchase exactly what we need for our clients, donate here. Or, feel free to purchase from our Amazon wish list here and your donation will be shipped directly to the pantry. Thank you!
 
– CASH, CHECKS, GROCERY STORE GIFT CARDS (to buy perishables)
– Ground coffee & tea
– Canned stew & chowder
– Canned meat (chicken, SPAM, etc.)
– Nuts & dried fruit
– Juice (not juice boxes)
– Sizes 5 & 6 diapers
– Pasta sauce
– Sugar
– Oil
– Cereal & oatmeal
– Lotion
– Toilet paper

Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County Members Fill Pantry Freezers with Prepared Meals

Thank you to the members of the Junior League of Eastern Fairfield County for spending their time and efforts to make prepared meals to stash in our Food Pantry freezers. Having prepared meals for our clients to pick up is so appreciated. Nothing better than coming home, popping in a meal in the oven while settling in after a long day and then sitting down together to enjoy a delicious, filling and homemade meal. We are grateful for the Junior League’s continued support of our neighbors in need 🥘❤️

Give the Gift of Home this Winter Season 🏡

Everyone deserves a place to call home. Give the gift of home this winter season. 

Home is hope.
A safe haven and a comfort zone.
A place to plan a future and to build memories.
A place where we are welcome and can welcome others.
A place where we can truly be ourselves.

As we continue our march through the winter season, we are reminded that homelessness and hunger are the devastating results of many complex events and circumstances. These problems can seem overwhelming. But together, we can make a difference and create positive change.

Give the gift of home this winter season. Thank you. We appreciate your support – today and always.

NCL Class of 2028 Makes Freezer Meals for Pantry

Thanks to National Charity League Inc-Fairfield CT Chapter Class of 2028 for spending some time together to help our neighbors in need. The girls gathered to make trays of lasagna for our Food Pantry’s freezers. Ready to bake freezer meals provide a complete, nutritious meal for individuals and families struggling to put food on the table. Our clients are always grateful for these meals at the end of a long day, and for that, we are grateful for community partners such as NCL Fairfield 🥘

Operation Hope Receives 2023 First County Bank CommunityFirst Grant

We are honored to have been selected as a 2023 recipient of First County Bank Foundations annual CommunityFirst Grant Program. The $5,000 grant will be used for our Supportive Affordable Housing Program. Our affordable housing provides clean and safe permanent rental housing for previously homeless families and individuals. The combination of affordable rent and support services helps our tenants to remain in housing and achieve their ongoing goals. This grant is incredibly important to our clients. Thank you to First County Bank and First County Bank Foundation for striving to make a difference in the communities that it serves, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to local charitable needs. 

Established in 2001 in honor of the Bank’s 150th anniversary, First County Bank Foundation was created to distribute funds annually to nonprofit organizations that support community and economic development, affordable housing, and programs that support educational enrichment for children and families. As a mutual bank with no shareholders, First County Bank considers grants made by the foundation a means of paying dividends back to the local communities it serves.

Ruscito Resolutions Raises $1,075 for Operation Hope with Tree Pick Ups

This is incredible! Small business owners and Fairfield residents Paul and Natalie Ruscito ran a holiday tree pick up to benefit Operation Hope for the second year in a row. For just $20, Paul picked ups trees and took them to WeCare Denali for composting for just $20, with $5 going to Operation Hope. In addition, he ran a non perishables drive. Thank you Ruscito Resolutions for raising $1,075 and to all who contributed to the non perishables drive and/or had trees picked up 🎄What a unique and helpful way to help our neighbors in need, help a small business and help yourself! Triple win 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽
 
Pictured with Paul is our volunteer coordinator Michelle Stearns 🥰 Keep Paul in mind for other small jobs, such as dump runs, assembling furniture/sheds and other odd jobs. Call or text Paul at 203-767-1582.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on this Day of Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will forever hold a place in the hearts of millions of people around the world. While his messages focused on the immediate need for freedom from racism, discrimination and brutality toward African Americans, Dr. King also used his platform to shed light on global poverty and the need for nations to come together to combat this epidemic. In Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize address in 1964 he said, “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.”

More than 50 years later, Dr. King’s message still rings true, and unfortunately poverty, which generally leads to hunger and homelessness, continues to permeate our society. But together, we can do something about it, and honor Dr. King by making our small part of the world a better place. Even though we are closed today, you can help us end hunger and homelessness right here at home by doing one of these three things on this Day of Service and at any time:

1. Donate non-perishables and personal care items for our Food Pantry clients and drop off at 636 Old Post Road, M-F, 9am-4:30pm. Our pantry wish list is here.

2. Purchase non-perishables and personal care items from our Amazon wish list here and have them sent directly to us.

3. Make a financial contribution here. $.90 of every dollar received by Operation Hope goes directly to our clients by providing food, housing and supportive counseling: 

We cannot take on this task by ourselves and are truly grateful to be part of a community that cares so deeply for its neighbors in need. Thank you 🙏🏽❤️🙏🏽

UI, SCG, and CNG Award Operation Hope Tax Credit Funds through Neighborhood Assistance Act

Operation Hope is fortunate to be a recipient of funding through Connecticut’s Neighborhood Assistance Act (NAA) Tax Credit Program from United Illuminating (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG) and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) – subsidiaries of Avangrid, Inc. Funding will be used to purchase energy-efficient rehab and upgrades to Operation Hope’s affordable housing units. The NAA program is administered by the State of Connecticut through the Department of Revenue Services (DRS). Read the full press release here.

As housing units age, Operation Hope experiences rehab costs that need attention. Required updates include roofs, HVAC systems (heating and air conditioning), windows, and energy efficient bulbs and appliances. Each of these items were part of the energy conservation efforts in line with the NAA tax credits received, and thanks to UI, SCG and CNG, ensure our housing clients have a safe place to live and a roof over their head.

Pictured here is Nadege JeanLouis, Operation Hope’s Affordable Housing Program Manager, accepting the funding.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closure

Operation Hope’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day closures are:
  • Business office & Pantry (636 Old Post Road) closed Monday, January 15, 2024 (donations are not accepted during business closures)
  • Community Kitchen (50 Nichols Street) closed Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Business office and Community Kitchen re-open January 16, Pantry reopens January 17

OFFICE & FOOD PANTRY


636 Old Post Road

Fairfield, CT 06824
203-292-5588
[email protected]

OFFICE & DONATION HOURS

Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
(donations accepted until 4:30pm)
Please do not leave donations at the door when the office is closed.

PANTRY HOURS

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

OUTREACH & COMMUNITY KITCHEN

50 Nichols Street
Fairfield, CT
 06824
203-254-2935

COMMUNITY KITCHEN HOURS

Meals served Monday - Friday:

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