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Recently, Fairfield mom Laura Horne read "The Littlest Volunteers" to her daughter's first grade class at Burr Elementary School. After teacher Ms. Gorzkowski and Laura talked about service with the class, the children decorated brown paper bags with uplifting messages. A few weeks later, Laura's daughters packed the bags, filling each one with a seltzer, an orange, cookies and a turkey and cheese sandwich.

Our volunteer-run Food Pantry is in need of some items to help feed and care for our neighbors in need. Standard-sized items appreciated (to feed/care for families of 4). Drop off Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, 636 Old Post Road. Thank you!

Sunday's Taste of Fairfield WinterFest was a smashing success! Thanks so much to Fairfield Magazine and all "Chances to Win" donors and ticket buyers!

The government shutdown continues with no end in sight, frigid temperatures permeate the region and federal employees are promised they will get paid, eventually. You can't eat eventually. You can't care for your child, family or self eventually. For all federal employees and contractors, please know that Operation Hope's Food Pantry doors are open for you.

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.

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!

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.