2023 Connecticut Foodshare Walk Against Hunger

The Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is the largest anti-hunger event of its kind in Connecticut, and one of the largest fundraisers for us at the Friendship Center! All of the funds that we raise will directly benefit our Tomasso Community Kitchen. The Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare have combined organizations and organized the statewide event…

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A Successful 2022 Grips and Sips!

Recently the Friendship Service Center Team, contributors, and friends enjoyed an afternoon of mini golf, refreshments, and camaraderie. A primary highlight of the fun mini-golf tournament was presenting the 2022 FSC Grips & Sips trophy to winner Todd DeGroff, of Beacon Prescriptions. Way to go Todd!  We thank our generous event sponsors and contributors, including: Nutmeg…

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2022 Thanksgiving Grocery Shopping List!

“The secret of living is giving.” – Anonymous It’s that time of the year again! We’re gearing up for Fall with thoughts of Thanksgiving. Now is the time to think about your holiday donation plans. With gratitude and thanksgiving, FSC thanks you in advance for realizing the impact your contributions can make to curb homelessness.…

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From the seeds of an idea, a beautiful garden blooms

Evelyn Anderson and Bonnie McNair wiped dirt from their gardening gloves and their brows as they surveyed the finished courtyard border garden that they andother Friends of the Friendship Service Center created through weeks of work. The idea for the garden began when Ana Trammell, Program Coordinator, attended a Friends meeting and said several residents…

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Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare Walk Against Hunger

The Connecticut Food Bank / Foodshare Walk Against Hunger is the largest anti-hunger event of its kind in Connecticut.  This year the Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare have combined organizations and have organized the statewide event as a cooperative effort with local partners to raise funds and awareness. This year the Walk will take place…

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Hoops for the Homeless

Hoops for the Homeless is a three-on-three basketball tournament started in New Britain in 2013 to benefit homeless youth within the city. This event has been scheduled for the last Saturday in April. This year’s event was cancelled due to Covid, however, we are planning to be back in spring of 2022. Over the last…

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SOUPer Bowl

Friendship Center partners with the CCSU Ceramics Department and E.C. Goodwin Technical High School in an Empty Bowl Event to raise awareness of hunger and poverty in the community and elsewhere.  All the proceeds from this event go to our Community Soup Kitchen that feeds approximately 250 people daily. We named it “The SOUPer Bowl”…

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South Church makes 10,000 PB & J Sandwiches

Since March 2020, South Church volunteers have been making and packing 200-300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches every week, along with a snack or two, and delivering them to the Friendship Service Center to hand out with their grab and go hot lunch as a meal for later. South Church turned to this form of…

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‘Bunnies for Hunnies’ deliver Easter joy

Each Easter season, approximately 50 stuffed rabbits “hop” into the arms of children who are assisted by the Friendship Center. These new friendships are made thanks to “Bunnies for Hunnies,” a Newington-family organization that was started eight years ago by the Vass family. At that time, the twin daughters, Julianna and Elaina Vass, collected 50…

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