State Representatives Jason Perillo and Larry Miller are hosting a Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank at Spooner House.  The drive will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Beechwood Market, 40 Huntington Street in Shelton.  Gift cards and monetary gifts will also be accepted.

Examples of needed donations include: instant potatoes, gravy, stuffing mix, canned vegetables (corn, peas, asparagus, yams, carrots), pie crust mix, pie filling, pickles, olives, evaporated milk, coffee, tea, powdered juice mix, canned fruit (peaches, pineapple, mixed fruit, fruit cocktail), napkins, sugar, brownie mix, corn bread mix. A complete list of specific items needed for the drive may be found at

More people than ever in the lower Naugatuck Valley are in need of support to obtain all the ingredients necessary for satisfying holiday meals, so please be as generous as possible.

If this date is not convenient, you may also drop food items or gift cards at the Spooner House, 30 Todd Road in Shelton, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact: or 203-225-0453.

Non-profit Area Congregations Together, Inc. (ACT) was formed in 1979 to help fill gaps in the Naugatuck Valley’s social service network. Today, Spooner House is operated by ACT and is a facility that provides food, shelter and support services to approximately 200 men, women and children each year and over 6,000 people struggling with hunger who have been served by the Food Bank this past year, comprising over 153,000 meals.  That is 92,000 more than just four years ago when 61,000 meals were served. Spooner House is recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency shelter programs in Connecticut and through its food bank provides a week’s supply of groceries each month to participating families throughout the Naugatuck Valley.  Spooner House is devoted to helping clients establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Area Congregations Together, Inc. is a partner agency of the Valley United Way.


Kay Page Greaser


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