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New Covenant House Opens New Soup Kitchen, Food Pantry In Stamford

John Gutman, Betsy Lopez and Mike Boyd stand in the kitchen of New Covenant House's new site at 174 Richmond Hill Ave.
John Gutman, Betsy Lopez and Mike Boyd stand in the kitchen of New Covenant House's new site at 174 Richmond Hill Ave. Photo Credit: Frank MacEachern, File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The "new" New Covenant House is now officially open in its new home at 174 Richmond Hill Ave. in Stamford, according to Executive Director John Gutman.

“For 37 years, New Covenant House has operated a daily soup kitchen and food pantry.” said Gutman in a press release. “Our new facility will offer job skills programs in several food related areas, a dedicated medical services program, a team of case workers to help our guests find solutions for everyday problems, and shower, laundry and hair-cutting facilities for those in need.”

The food pantry and soup kitchen serves Stamford, New Canaan, Greenwich and Darien.

The “new” New Covenant House encompasses 8,000 square feet, a major expansion from its former 2,000-square-foot location at the Yerwood Center. The facility includes a state-of-the-art kitchen and dining area with seating for 72 guests, according to a press release.

One of the most significant changes to New Covenant House is the food pantry, which is now in an expanded space, according to a press release. It features six shopping aisles and two side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, allowing New Covenant House to provide fresh and frozen foods, in addition to dry grocery items. The pantry is open two days per week for a total of nine hours.  

New Covenant House serves lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays and lunch on Sundays; additionally, there is a breakfast-to-go program daily.

Founded more than 37 years ago, New Covenant House is an inter-faith project of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County, serving the homeless, elderly, disabled, working poor and children. 

New Covenant House's capital campaign raised nearly $1.3 million, which was needed to renovate and move into the new larger facility, according to a press release. An additional $400,000 is still needed to launch and support new initiatives and expanded food services, according to a press release. 

New Covenant House provides about 400,000 meals per year from its food pantry and about 250,000 meals from its daily soup kitchen and off-site programs.

Guests can eat at the soup kitchen with no questions asked. To receive food from the pantry, guests have to complete an application and provide proof of income and residency. Families can visit the food pantry once per month and receive enough food for 10 to 12 days.

To learn more and to donate, go here or contact Paul Harinstei at pharin@aol.com or Gutman at JGutman@ccfc-ct.org. 

Read more about the New Covenant House here on the Daily Voice. 

 

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