Food donations are needed for the hot summer months

School’s out, kids are home all day, making the moms and dads in need struggle more to fill their shelves at home. That puts added strains on area food banks, including the Spooner House, which is “low to dangerously low, or not available,” officials say.

“The demand naturally goes up due to school being out of session especially,” said Tony Vellucci, development officer at the Spooner House.

Other trends causing increased demand “include family movement, which at times consolidate households putting more strains on resources, and increasing our utilization here at Spooner House,” Vellucci said. “Another increase we see later in the summer is that some area food banks close for inventory, as well as vacations increasing our output here at Spooner House.”

The ACT/Spooner House is at 30 Todd Road in Shelton, and serves people throughout the area, including in the Valley. The Spooner House is a homeless shelter and the food bank is located there as well.

Vellucci said with the soaring temperatures, there hasn’t been a need to increase hours of the shelter.

The shelter usually needs items with high protein content, such as peanut butter (don’t forget the jelly), canned and packaged fruits, stews and canned meats.

Cleaning products, such as 39-gallon trash bags, Lysol sprays, wipes, and toilet paper are also needed in the shelter.

Fresh vegetables

“We gladly take excess produce from neighborhood gardens, as well as community gardens,” said Vellucci. “Our constraints are on transportation. Volunteers are often needed to assist us with the pickup of those donations. These donations are often weekly and at the same time.”

To see what the shelter needs, donate from your garden or for more information, contact Vellucci at avellucci@actspooner.org or 203-225-0453 ext. 102.

The Connecticut Food Bank has a way for people to feed their children this summer. A family with two children has to come up with more than 200 more meals during summer vacation. There are locations throughout the state where children may get extra meals, including one at Ansonia High School. For more information, visit ctsummerfood.org. To find a nearby location, click on location finder at the top of the page.

For those willing to donate to the Spooner House, checks may be made payable and mailed to Spooner House, 30 Todd Road, Shelton 06484. Donations may also be made via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button at www.actspooner.org.

Deliveries of nonperishable food items are accepted at Spooner House weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 1. Donors also may set up a special time for food delivery by calling 203-225-0453.

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