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 says, “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we have the resources to get rid of it.”

As the historic government shutdown moves into its fifth week, with no end in sight, and a severe winter storm approaches the area, Operation Hope is working to ensure that federal employees and contractors can access resources and get food while they aren't getting paid. We encourage all federal employees and contractors who need some help to come to our volunteer-run Food Pantry. Simply show your federal ID and we'll help you get what you need.

Our office and Food Pantry at 636 Old Post Road will be closed Monday, January 21 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you find yourself or someone you see in need of shelter or a place to just get warm, please call 2-1-1. The pantry resumes regular hours Wednesday, January 23.

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MLK Day 2019 is in less than 2 weeks! Honor Dr. King by serving others. Here are 2 easy ways to help our neighbors in need at any time this month. Thank you!

Thanks to all who provided donations for our Food Pantry over the holidays! January can be tough for our clients, with the colder temps and slower pantry donations. We'd appreciate donations of our most-needed items. And we do accept open packs of diapers (we are in need of sizes 5 & 6, plus adult diapers). Diapers can be expensive and are not covered by SNAP; we are fortunate to be able to offer them in our pantry for our clients. Standard-sized items appreciated (to feed/care for families of 4). Drop off Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, 636 Old Post Road. Thank you!

Tackle hunger February 2-3 with Assumption Church during the Souper Bowl of Caring! Bring non-perishable foods Saturday, February 2, 3-5pm and Sunday, February 3, 8am-1pm to the Church (545 Stratfield Rd, Fairfield). FILL THE VAN WITH CANS to help stock Operation Hope's Food Pantry. Many thanks to all organizations involved, and to YOU for helping us care for our neighbors in need!

Our littlest helpers have the biggest hearts! Thanks to the Horne family for putting together bagged lunches for our clients to grab on the way to work. If you’d like to provide bagged lunches, send Volunteer Program Manager Donna Schmidt an email at dschmidt@operationhopect.org.

We extend our deepest appreciation to the many individuals, organizations, businesses and community groups who donated gifts, monetary donations, food, household items, and volunteered time to ensure the November and December holidays were a bit brighter for our neighbors in need. Because of you, our clients had housing, food and services that made all the difference to them and their families, giving them the opportunity to experience positive and lasting change.

As we look forward to a new year, we are once again reminded of the 30+ years of your continued support. We can always use more help...today is the final day to receive a 2018 tax deduction for your donation to Operation Hope. Please consider giving a gift so we can feed, house and care for our neighbors in need. Click here to help. We are always grateful for you, and we wish you and yours all the best in 2019!

Turn your car into a way to support programs that help feed, house and care for our neighbors in need. Our partner, CARS - Charitable Adult Rides and Services, will pick up your car at no charge within 24-72 hours and Operation Hope will be the beneficiary of your donation, receiving 80% of the net proceeds. Donating a vehicle is fast, easy and secure. We accept any vehicle - running or not - including cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, and more. Click here to donate your car or vehicle today. Thank you!