( Shelton , CT February 17, 2014) – The 12th annual Valley Has a Heart Spooner House

food collection will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three Stop & Shop stores in the lower Naugatuck Valley : Ansonia , Seymour and Shelton . The goal is to gather enough non-perishable food to last for at least two months and $3,000 in cash to use for restocking the shelves as needed during the cold winter months. The website linked above and also listed below has a list of the most needed food items this year.

“Food stocks always get depleted during the holidays and also when storms impact the area, explained Susan Agamy, Executive Director of Spooner House. “We are in need of generous contributions right now for restocking considering the issues of the past few weeks. Providing healthy meals for families is an important topic these days, so I wanted to let our hundreds of donors know that our food bank always tries to be sure each recipient receives a balanced package of food, with the proper mixture of food groups, so they will have sustainable lives.”
This year Spooner House is happy to again have Stop and Shop as the marquee sponsor for the Valley Has a Heart drives. The Stop & Shop stores where donations can be made are at 100 Division Street in Ansonia , 15 Franklin Street in Seymour and 898 Bridgeport Avenue in Shelton . Stop & Shop, our marquee sponsor, is joined by site sponsors Daniel Jacobs LLC of Oxford, servicing all models of Audi, Porsche and Volkswagon vehicles and Dworken, Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C. of Shelton, providing accounting, auditing, tax and consulting services that reflect the highest standards of integrity.
Volunteers are still needed for The Valley Has a Heart food drives at each location to collect and organize the food. Spooner House encourages everyone to bring their loved ones to help or to organize a group in support of this cause. Please contact Tony Vellucci (see next paragraph) if you are able to provide just a few hours of help on Feb. 22. This is a great activity for scouts, church youth groups, high school students and civic clubs who are often donate community service time.
Those unable to visit one of the three Stop & Shop stores on Feb. 22 are still encouraged to make a donation.  Please make checks payable and mailed to: Area Congregations Together, Inc., Spooner House, 30 Todd Road , Shelton CT 06484.  Donations may also be made via PayPal by clicking on the Donate button at www.actspooner.org
.  Deliveries of non-perishable food items are also welcomed at the above location Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or to set up a special time for food delivery call 203-225-0453 ext. 102 or e-mail Tony Vellucci avellucci@actspooner.org.

Non-profit Area Congregations Together, Inc. (ACT) was formed in 1979 to help fill gaps in the Naugatuck Valley ’s social service network. Today, Spooner House is operated by ACT and is a facility that provides food, shelter and support services to approximately 200 men, women and children each year.  More than 6,000 individuals have been served by the Food Bank this past year, comprising over 130,000 meals. Spooner House is recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency shelter programs in Connecticut and through its food bank provides a week’s supply of groceries each month to participating families throughout the Naugatuck Valley . Spooner House is devoted to helping people establish self-sufficiency in an atmosphere of respect and dignity. Area Congregations Together, Inc. is a partner agency of the Valley United Way .

By Stephen Krauchick

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