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Maddie, a student at Hart Magnet Elementary School in Stamford, chose for her final kindergarten project of the 2018-19 school year to collect 100 cans of non-perishable foods for our Food Pantry so that no child goes hungry over the summer. Maddie, you are a star, thank you for your big heart to care for our littlest clients!

Did you know that Connecticut is seeing a 35% reduction since 2014 in homelessness, at a time when homelessness is increasing nationwide? This is the result of the efforts of Opening Doors Fairfield County, a county-wide continuum of care that works together with 125 agencies. Please read Carla's op-ed here on how this coordinated network is making huge strides to end homelessness for our most vulnerable residents.

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At Operation Hope, we are grateful for the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County (UWCFC) and Cathy DeCesare, Sr. Vice President Strategic Initiatives, for all they do in our community. We were recently awarded a Neighbors Helping Neighbors grant from the UWCFC. These grants help organizations like ours provide food, shelter and basic needs to many in our community who would otherwise be homeless, hungry or simply go without.

We're into the thick of summer, and it is generally a slow time for Food Pantry donations. Please consider helping us by donating some of these items and helping feed our families, especially those whose children who rely on school breakfast and lunch during the year. Thank you!

A heads up with the 4th of July holiday this week! Our business office will close at 3pm Wednesday, July 3, and remain closed on July 4 & 5, reopening Monday, July 8, 9am. The Food Pantry will be closed July 3-5, reopening for regular hours on Monday, July 8, 10am-12pm. Food donations will be accepted once reopened on July 8. Thank you!

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Thank you so much to Vani Natyalayam School of Bharatanatyam and all of the guests who attended last month's benefit show for Operation Hope of Fairfield!

Thanks so much to Brenda Kupchick and Laura Devlin for hosting this spring's Diaper Drive for our Food Pantry clients! Many thanks to all who donated during the drive and also to Saugatuck Sweets Fairfield for donating a free cone to every donor at Saturday's conclusion! Giving is sweet :) These diapers will be put to good use, 1 in 3 U.S. families struggles to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy. Thank you for making a difference for our neighbors in need!

Here in Fairfield, we're a week into summer, where schools are closed. This means families who rely on school breakfast and lunch throughout the school year can really struggle to provide these extra meals for their children. Food pantry donations are even more critical during this time, to ensure our clients' children are fed. Please consider donating a bag or two of non-perishable groceries, we accept donations at 636 Old Post Rd, M-F, 9am-5pm. Thank you!

Benefit concert for Operation Hope THIS Saturday, June 22, 7:00pm at First Presbyterian Church of Fairfield! Performers include Kristin Butler, Amy Rood Miller, Elizabeth Ashkins, Katie Harris, Shannon Andersen and Jamie Ratcliffe. Open to the public, all are welcome! Seating is first come, first serve. While there is no admission fee, there will be a free will donation collected upon entry.