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COVID-19 Update

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During these difficult times, IHSP is still here to serve our clients to ensure their needs are still being met. Due to COVID-19 we are now serving clients by appointment only. Regular clients will be called monthly or they may call in for an appointment if needed. New clients requiring services, must call (860) 928-0169 for an appointment. We wish all of our clients and the entire community safety and health and we look forward to the day we can get back to regular service.  

THANK YOU – MERCI – GRACIAS – XIÈ XIE

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Interfaith Human Services of Putnam thanks its many supporters for a successful 2019!

Big Y Community Bag Program to Benefit IHSP

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Community Bags Sold = Donations Raised!

For the month of December, every time the reusable $2.50 Community Bag is sold at the Big Y store located at 70 Wauregan Road, Danielson, CT, IHSP-Daily Bread Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation. 

IHSP-Daily Bread Food Pantry to Distribute Thanksgiving Baskets

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IHSP-Daily Bread Food Pantry will be distributing Thanksgiving Turkey Meal Baskets to people living in the towns of Putnam, Pomfret, Woodstock and Eastford on Monday, November 25 from 11 am to 7 pm at the Living Faith Methodist Church in Putnam. To order your basket please contact IHSP at (860) 928-0169

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Stop & Shop Community Bag Program to Benefit Daily Bread

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Have you heard the news?  The IHSP-Daily Bread Food Pantry has been selected as the October beneficiary of the Stop & Shop Community Bag Program!  Each time the $2.50 reusable Community Bag is purchased at the Putnam Stop & Shop, during the month of October, IHSP-Daily Bread Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation.

Towns of Putnam, Sterling & Oneco and Thompson Proclaim 9/22 to 9/28 Diaper Need Awareness Week

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The Town of Putnam, the Town of Sterling & Oneco and the Town of Thompson have proclaimed the week of September 22nd to September 28th Diaper Need Awareness Week. The proclamations urge residents to donate generously to the IHSP-Diaper Bank of NECT, which distributes diapers to families in need in these towns and throughout Northeastern CT. 

Energy Assistance Available through the Access Community Action Agency

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Applications for energy assistance for the 2019-2020 heating season are now being accepted by the Access Community Action Agency.  Program eligibility is determined by total household gross income and is available for all heated households using oil, kerosene, propane, wood, coal, electric, or natural gas heat except motor homes and campers.

September is Squash Hunger Month

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You can help IHSP Squash Hunger during the month of September by donating cereal, pasta, soup and tuna to your business, community, company and financial institution. See our events page for more information.  

IHSP Selected for Stop & Shop Community Bag Program

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IHSP has been selected as part of Stop & Shop's Community Bag Program. When you purchase a bag from Stop & Shop during the month of July, IHSP will receive $1. 

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens Program Offered

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The USDA in conjunction with IHSP are once again offering their free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens program starting June 17th through August 16th. Please see the flyer below for more information regarding times and locations. 

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US Senators Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Supporting Diaper Banks

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US Senators from four states, including Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the importance of diaper banks across the country. Specifically, the senators acknowledged the important role diaper banks play in the aftermath of natural disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the California wildfires, and the floods in the Midwest.

Giving Tree is Back

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Once again all sisters at the Provincial House and surrounding communities, family members and friends are invited to be part of our annual gift giving for the families served directly by the Interfaith Human Services of Putnam group.

Another Great Summer!

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Another summer has basically come and gone! The kids are back to school and the Putnam Summer Meal Program ended on August 17th. They served meals for 39 days during the summer months, servings 6,555 breakfasts, 11,039 student lunches and 1,039 adult lunches as well. For a grand total of 18,633 meals served to the Putnam Community. Adult lunches were paid for and sponsored by the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry.

The main gathering place yet again was the library, where special daily activities are offered to children and families. This year’s numbers reflect a 4% increase in participation! It was amazing to see and witness how the program helps to support and reinforce family and community bonds.

Talk, Read, Sing for Change

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The IHSP-Diaper Bank of NECT participated in a new program started by the National Diaper Bank Network called, “Talk, Read, Sing for Change”. The program promotes the importance of early brain and language development and empowers parents with tools to talk, read and sing with their young children from birth.

Danielson American Job Center Offers June Employment and Training Workshops

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The Danielson American Job Center, located at 562 Westcott Road, Danielson, CT, is offering a variety of Employment and Training workshops to area residents in June. Advance registration is encouraged due to space limitations.  Please go to www.CTHires.com or call (860) 774-4077 to register. Click below to see workshop offerings, dates and times.

IHSP/CT Food Bank/Stop & Shop Food Drive a Huge Success!

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On Saturday, April 28th, IHSP-Daily Bread Food Pantry in partnership with NBC NY, Telemundo 47, the Connecticut Food Bank and Stop & Shop, held a food drive at the Putnam Stop & Shop. Food drives were held simultaneously, all over the state. IHSP volunteers manned both store entrances from 9 am to 6 pm and collected 729 pounds of food, $811 in cash and Putnam Stop & Shop presented an additional very generous donation of $1794. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this even such a grand success!.

Danielson American Job Center Offers May Employment and Training Workshops

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The Danielson American Job Center, located at 562 Westcott Road, Danielson, CT, is offering a variety of Employment and Training workshops to area residents in May. Advance registration is encouraged due to space limitations.  Please go to www.CTHires.com or call (860) 774-4077 to register. Click below to see workshop offerings, dates and times.

Children Helping Children! 

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The Living Faith United Methodist Church Sunday School children presented two baskets of children’s underwear and socks to Pastor Bob to be donated to the IHSP-NU2U Clothing Closet. The boys and girls collect their offerings weekly and then go shopping to purchase the much-needed clothing items. This project enables these children to support other children in their community whose families may need assistance. 

Danielson American Job Center Offers March Employment and Training Workshops

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The Danielson American Job Center, located at 562 Westcott Road, Danielson, CT, is offering a variety of Employment and Training workshops to area residents in March. Advance registration is encouraged due to space limitations.  Please go to www.CTHires.com or call (860) 774-4077 to register. Click below to see workshop offerings, dates and times.

Voters Fill the Tote

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THANK YOU! Fill the Tote was a big success. IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry collected $892.08 worth of food donations and $1118 in monetary donations during the Fill the Tote When You Vote Campaign. All of us at Daily Bread would like to thank everyone who donated and volunteered at the polling places.

2017 IHSP Squash Hunger Challenges a Big Success

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The 2017 IHSP Squash Hunger Challenges, part of Hunger Awareness Month, once again proved to be a big success. For the entire month of September, local business, industry and faith partners, collected much needed non-perishable food items for the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry.  This year’s categories included pasta, soup, tuna and spaghetti sauce. 

Diaper Need Continues to Impact 1-in-3 U.S. Families

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The National Diaper Bank Network and founding partner Huggies today announced a study, Diaper Need and Its Impact on U.S. Families, revealing that one-in-three U.S. families (36%) continue to be in diaper need, or struggle to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy. As a follow-up to a pioneering study completed by Huggies in 2010, this new report provides an updated and comprehensive portrait of families in diaper need and its effect on the well-being of children and families. The release of the study coincides with the kickoff of Diaper Need Awareness Week (Sept. 25 – Oct. 1, 2017), a signature initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network, which aims to generate attention, discussion, and action to help those in diaper need.

Putnam's Savor the Flavor to Benefit IHSP-Daily Bread

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The Town of Putnam Recreation Dept. and the Putnam Business Association will be hosting Savor the Flavor - Corn 2017 on Sunday, September 10th from 12-3 pm in Rotary Park. This event, which costs $5 for a wristband, will feature local restaurants, caterers and other certified kitchens preparing savory dishes with corn as it's main ingredient. Connecticut's hottest Soul, Funk and Swing band Souls on Fire will be performing in concert. All proceeds will benefit IHSP-Daily Bread.

Help Charter Oak Give Away $100,000 in 100 Days

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Charter Oak Credit Union is giving away $100,000 in 100 days to local charitable organizations by matching donors gifts. Give up to $500 to your favorite 501(c)(3) organization, including IHSP, before November 22nd and Charter Oak will match your donation.

Shop Amazon Smile and Support IHSP

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Interfaith Human Services of Putnam is now registered with Amazon Smile! IHSP will receive .5% of most purchases you make through the www.smile.amazon.com website. It just takes three easy steps (see steps below) so get started now!

IHSP Summer Meals Program

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The USDA and IHSP are partnering together to offer free summer meals from June 21st to August 16th for kids and teens in Putnam, as well as parents/guardians with children participating in the Putnam Summer Meal Program. For more information on sites and times please see the flyer below. 

Huggies and National Diaper Bank Partnership Benefits IHSP - Diaper Bank of NECT

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Through an opportunity negotiated between the National Diaper Bank and Huggies, the IHSP - Diaper Bank of NECT was able to purchase diapers at a greatly reduced price of just 13 cents each.  That’s a savings of more than $3000. Thank you to Huggies and the National Diaper Bank…a beautiful partnership!    

Gov. Malloy: Deadline to Apply for Home Heating Assistance is May 1

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Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy today is reminding Connecticut residents who need help paying their home heating bills for the 2016-2017 winter season that there is still time to apply for assistance under the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program.  The general deadline for applications is May 1, 2017, however eligible households that are subject to a shut-off notice by a utility for heating bills have an extended deadline of May 15.

 

Those seeking assistance should call 2-1-1 or visit www.ct.gov/staywarm for guidance. See below for the full press release.

Empty Bowl Project Once Again a Huge Success

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The Congregational Church of Putnam has announced that $6,206 was raised at this year's Empty Bowl Project Dinner! Event Coordinator Terri Pearsall confirmed the final amount raised at the annual fundraiser, which is held at the Putnam Lodge of Elks 574. All proceeds will benefit the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry. A big thanks goes out to everyone who supported the event, the local restaurants who provided the food and the potters at Sawmill Pottery who donated the hand-made bowls.

Guest Bartender Night to Support IHSP - Diaper Bank of NECT Nets Over $11,000

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Guest Bartender Night, held at The Crossings Restaurant and Brew Pub, to support IHSP - Diaper Bank of NECT raised an incredible $11,003.00 at the event! Event Coordinator Karyn DiBonaventura reports that the total will buy the organization well over 80,000 diapers. A huge thanks goes out the community and all those who participated in this wonderful event.

Scouting for Food Collects Over a Ton of Food

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Putnam Boy Scout Troop 21, Cargill Council 64 Knight of Columbus and Putnam town employees recently collected 2355 lbs. of non-perishable food as well as $2300 in monetary donations as part of "Scouting for Food" which is a nationwide initiative of the Boy Scouts of America. The local effort benefited IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry and will help to support the mission of the organization to serve people in need or in transition in Northeastern Connecticut.

Runners Donate Food Items to IHSP - Daily Bread at Courthouse Bar and Grille O'Putnam 5K

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Thanks to the many runners who braved the wind and frigid temperatures at this past Sunday’s HMF Courthouse Bar and Grille O’Putnam Road Race and donated 285 pounds of non-perishable food items to the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry

Woodstock Academy Students Donate Beanie Babies for Emergency Kits

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Hello, this is IHSP President Karen Osbrey.  Do you know how many beanie babies fit in a leaf and lawn bag?  I can tell you, it’s a lot!   Thanks to the awesome students at Woodstock Academy, I spent a good portion of the past weekend sorting Beanie Babies and stuffed animals by size and moving them from the leaf and lawn bags to big plastic bins for safe storage.

 

 I bet you’re wondering why we need so many stuffed animals? Because sometimes police need to remove babies/toddlers from homes or unsafe conditions and they are not equipped to care for a small child, especially if they are still in diapers. So IHSP is developing a new program that will supply emergency kits to the Putnam and Plainfield Police Departments and State Police Troop D.  The kits will contain supplies such as diapers, wipes, bottles, formula and stuffed animals. 

 

IHSP Board of Director Lori Wajer, who also works at Woodstock Academy, asked WA students to help by donating some stuffed animals for the kits. WOW! Boy did they help!  Woodstock Academy students donated 2 car loads of Beanie Babies and stuffed animals. I was overwhelmed by the first delivery. The second delivery was pure joy. 

Stop & Shop Supports IHSP

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For more than five years the Putnam Stop & Shop Supermarket has partnered with the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry by providing perishable and non-perishable food items for the clients we serve. This connection was made possible by Connecticut Food Bank.

 

In 2016 Stop & Shop donated more than 11,900 lbs. of food as part of their Meat the Need program. They also donated $3900 as part of their Food for Friends program.

In addition to their generous support for the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry, Stop & Shop also gives the IHSP - Diaper Bank of NECT a yearly gift card donation of $500.

 

IHS greatly appreciate all of the funding and on-going support from Putnam Stop & Shop.

Putnam Rotary Club Donates Balnkets and Throws to the IHSP - NU2U Clothing Closet

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The Putnam Rotary Club recently donated a supply of lovely (AND WARM) blankets and throws to the IHSP - NU2U Clothing Closet to help those in need during the winter season. IHSP Presdient, and Rotarian, Karen Osbrey sends out her heartfelt thanks to all of her fellow Rotarians for their thoughtful generosity.

Handcuff Hunger Food Drive Benefits IHSP - Daily Bread

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On Saturday and Sunday, November 19th and 20th, Putnam Police, Plainfield Police and State Police Troop D, banded together to Handcuff Hunger for local food banks.  IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry was the fortunate recipient of the Putnam collection. Daily Bread received 201 turkeys, including 75 turkeys donated from members of the Putnam Business Association (PBA), 2 hams, 1795lbs. of non-perishable food, $550 in cash donations from the community and another $925 from the PBA. Thank you from everyone who volunteered their time, talents and treasure to this cause. Because of this generosity, IHSP - Daily Bread was able to serve 340 local families with turkeys and fixings for their Thanksgiving dinners. 

Gary O Roast Raises Money for IHSP - Daily Bread

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On Saturday, October 22nd, family and community came together to "Roast" Gary O (Osbrey) for the benefit of the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry.  The event was the brainchild of Putnam Elk "Uncle" Dan Salvas, who also served as Master of Ceremonies.  The evening included a delicious pasta dinner prepared and served by Putnam Elks, the roast and dancing with DJ "Drifty" Glen Dumas, who donated his services.  "Roasters" included Gary's younger brother Raymond Osbrey, Peter Regas, Willie Bousquet, Jason Musko, Dick Loomis, Mike Bogdanski, Alan Bates and Linda Colangelo.  The event raised $1200 to benefit IHSP - Daily Bread. 

Putnam Business Association Donates Turkeys and Fixings

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Held annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Putnam Police Department's Handcuff Hunger Food Drive received a helping hand for a second year in a row from the Putnam Business Association (PBA). Throughout the fall season, the PBA collected monetary donations to purchase Thanksgiving turkeys for the community. The 112 turkeys were purchased at Putnam Supermarket and will go to support the IHSP - Daily Bread Food Pantry.

QVCC Donates Turkeys to Local Food Pantries Including IHSP - Daily Bread

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A Turkey Drive sponsored by the Campus Life Committee at Quinebaug Valley Community College raised $620 to help local food pantries provide Thanksgiving dinners. Forty turkeys were purchased and delivered to IHSP - Daily Bread in Putnam, Friends of Assisi in Danielson, and Covenant House in Willimantic.

Fill the Tote When You Vote a Huge Success

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Everyone at Daily Bread would like to thank the voters for fulfilling their civic responsibility of voting, but also for their generous donations at the polls.  At our 2 polling locations in Putnam, we collected 821 individual items valued at $1198.66 and $1572.00 in cash donations.  Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at IHSP. 

IHSP - Daily Bread to Distribute Thanksgiving Baskets on November 21st

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The IHSP - Daily Bread Thanksgiving Baskets will be distributed on Monday, November 21st from 11 am to 7 pm.  Clients of Daily Bread can sign up for a basket when they make their monthly visit to Daily Bread or by calling 860-928-0169.

IHSP and TEEG Enourage All Voters to Fill the Tote when You Vote!

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Election Day is fast approaching and will be here before we know it. As you head to the polls to cast your vote for the candidate that you feel would be the best fit, please consider bringing a non-perishable food item with you. IHSP - Daily Bread and TEEG will have collection bins at voting sites in Thompson, Woodstock, Pomfret, and Putnam.

Five Year Old Donates to IHSP - Diaper Bank of NECT

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Read the touching story of a five year old girl named Riley who donated a mountain of diapers, which she received for her birthday in lieu of presents, to the IHSP - Diaper Bank of NECT as part of National Diaper Awareness Week.

IHSP Asks for Support During Hunger Awareness Month

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Interfaith Human Services of Putnam is asking for your support during the month of September which is Hunger Awareness Month. Please read the letter below from IHSP President Karen Osbrey.

IHSP - NU2U Clothing Closet: Clothing Give Away a Huge Success

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The IHSP Clothing Give Away was a big success.  More than 250 people, including children, walked through the aisle ways of the Living Faith UMC Fellowship Hall in search of used clothing in good condition.  We always have a lot of it thanks to the local community who keep our shelves stocked throughout the year.  While parents, grandparents and guardians looked through the clothing, children watched a movie, did arts and crafts and had their face painted.  Refreshments were also provided.  Bernice Mazzarella, NU2U Clothing Closet Coordinator and her assistant, Jean Varner, along with many volunteers did a great job in getting the hall ready, keeping tables filled and meeting and greeting people.

IHSP - NU2U Clothing Closet to Hold Clothing Giveaway

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The IHSP - NU2U Clothing Closet will hold a Back to School Clothing Giveaway on Saturday, August 27th from 9 am to noon at the Living Faith United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. There will be lots of clothing and sizes for all ages. Bring the kids to enjoy face painting, a movie and refreshments. This is a BYOB event, BRING YOUR OWN BAGS!

IHSP Daily Bread Going Green!

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In an effort to go green, IHSP – Daily Bread Food Pantry will no longer provide plastic grocery bags.  Clients must bring their own bags when receiving services.

 

However, ISHP does need to maintain a small stock of REUSABLE grocery bags for first time clients.  If your business has access to such bags (perhaps with your logo) and would like to donate to our efforts, please bring to Karen Osbrey at WINY Radio, 45 Pomfret Street in Putnam.   

Empty Bowls Project Supports IHSP Daily Bread

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The Congregational Church of Putnam and Sawmill Pottery teamed up to present their annual Empty Bowls dinner which raised approximately $5892 in support of IHSP Daily Bread.

IHSP Hosts Celebrity Bartender Night at Putnam Elks

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IHSP held a celebrity bartender night at the Putnam Elks to help raise money for the IHSP Diaper Bank. The event was a huge success and raised $9136.76 in donations and goods.

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