Torrington Church holding a food drive, selling food to benefit a food bank, soup kitchen

TORRINGTON — St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 837 Charles Street, is sponsoring a drive-through food drive to benefit the Friendly Hands Food Bank and Community Soup Kitchen from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 12. It will be held in the church parking lot. . The snow date is February 13. The food bank will set up its new service van there from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Simultaneously, the church is hosting a Grinder/Chef Salad/Chili sale, all in conjunction with “Soup’er Bowl of Caring”, a national initiative to raise awareness and take action on food insecurity in local communities across the country, according to St. Paul’s. A portion of the proceeds from food sales will benefit the Community Soup Kitchen and the Friendly Hands Food Bank, both of which rely on individual and corporate support for their program since they receive no state or government funding. federal government.

According to members, St. Paul’s has a long history of supporting local service organizations that help maintain an adequate quality of life for the underserved. At the church, a small free pantry was set up shortly after the pandemic began, which relies on members and friends to donate non-perishable food items to those who frequent the pantry.

The church has a team of volunteers who serve the community soup kitchen once a month. It has been a drop-off point each fall for donations of lightly used or new coats and jackets for FISH and Joseph’s House, and the Reverend Dr. G. Scott Cady and Mark Rose, both of St. Paul’s, lead a group Refugees Resettlement Committee made up of various faith communities in the region.

All Grinder/Chef Salad/Chili orders are pre-order only. Call St. Paul’s at 860-482-3555 or visit the church’s website or Facebook page at for details. There will be ham and cheese, turkey and cheese, and Italian combo choppers, as well as a chef’s salad, which will include vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs, and chili.

“We chose to support Friendly Hands and the Community Soup Kitchen this time after hearing some of their stats from previous months/years,” the members said. “Did you know that in December alone, 583 families received Christmas gifts for their children ranging in age from infants to 18? This represents an increase of 71 families over the previous year. Friendly Hands also provides an average of 41,347 meals to individuals and families each month. The numbers have never been higher and it is proof that there is a great need in Northwest CT.

By the end of 2021, the Community Soup Kitchen served a total of 13,823 breakfasts, 81,032 lunches and 27,530 dinners, served by Lisa Hageman, Executive Director, and a group of dedicated volunteers. They serve men, women, children, 121 in total at one point in the past calendar year, and families and have had to find new, safe ways to feed the hungry despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. , according to St. Paul’s.

Since Friendly Hands now has refrigeration and freezer space, the church encourages donations of perishable meats and cheeses, vegetables and fruits, and dairy products. Non-perishable foods are also always needed. The church offers to make a meal kit, with all the ingredients to make a meal with a recipe.

For more information, contact St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 860-482-3555 or email [email protected]

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