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Shopping on Amazon? Be sure to shop on Amazon Smile and support Operation Hope! 0.5% of eligible purchases will be donated to Operation Hope. Simply click here. And while you're on Amazon, we welcome purchases to help stock our Food Pantry! Click bit.ly/oh-amazon-pantry-wish-list to shop. Thank you!

We at Operation Hope welcome everyone back to school here in Fairfield and in the surrounding community! To our many friends in the various nursery, elementary, middle and high schools and beyond, and to all teachers and school staff, we are grateful to you every day for reaching out a hand to help our neighbors in need. By collecting non-perishable food items, toiletries, diapers and socks, preparing meals and donating money, you remind our Food Pantry and housing clients that someone cares. This year, may you have terrific teachers, wonderful friends and a super school year in every way possible!

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Thank you to First Selectman Mike Tetreau and the Town of Fairfield, CT for proclaiming August 17 & 18 as "Operation Hope Tag Sale Days" in honor of the Tag Sale's 30th anniversary!

Operation Hope is fortunate to have recently received a $25,000 grant from Fairfield County's Community Foundation (FCCF) for our Homeless Response Center (HRC). The grant will specifically support the Coordinated Access Network (CAN) Navigators and housing search coordination activities which assist hundreds of people each year.

The State of CT's new ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect TOMORROW, August 1. It will place a tax of 10 cents on each single-use plastic bag. TODAY is the LAST DAY to grab your reusable Stop & Shop bags to support Operation Hope AND help feed your neighbors in need. For every $2.50 bag sold through July 31 at the Villa Ave Stop & Shop (760 Villa Avenue, Fairfield, CT), $1 will be donated to Operation Hope's Food Pantry. Go green and do good!

The State of CT's new ban on single-use plastic bags goes into effect August 1. It will place a tax of 10 cents on each single-use plastic bag. So grab your reusable Stop & Shop bags AND help feed your neighbors in need. For every $2.50 bag sold through July 31 at the Villa Ave Stop & Shop (760 Villa Avenue, Fairfield, CT), $1 will be donated to Operation Hope's Food Pantry. Go green and do good!

Save the date! Operation Hope's annual Golf Outing is Monday, October 7 at Country Club of Fairfield (rain date: October 21). Proceeds support Operation Hope’s work to end hunger and provide homelessness outreach, case management, shelter diversion and other services for people experiencing homelessness in Fairfield County. Sponsorships & foursomes are available NOW! Click here to purchase.

Amazon Prime Days are July 15 and 16! If you make purchases during these two days (and at any time!), please consider using Amazon Smile here and assigning Operation Hope of Fairfield as your charity of choice. 0.5% of your eligible purchases will be donated to our efforts to end hunger and homelessness, one person at a time.

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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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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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