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Some Norwalk families wait in line for hours at food pantries as more struggle to afford food

From July 2022 to June 2023, the kitchen [at Open Doors] served over 71,700 meals; from July 2023 to March 2024 — a period three months shorter — the kitchen had already served over 70,600 meals. By the end of the fiscal year in June, Open Doors expects to serve 96,000 meals at its soup …

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Norwalk’s Open Doors social services nonprofit marks 40 years of helping the community

Open Doors, a local social service nonprofit organization that runs the city’s homeless shelter, celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday. “Since its incorporation as the Norwalk Emergency Shelter in 1984, Open Doors has evolved to provide holistic supportive services and homelessness prevention resources to help thousands of residents in the greater Norwalk area achieve financial stability and success,” a statement …

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Norwalk’s Open Doors distributes free food for Easter meals: ‘Do something special’

Open Doors, a nonprofit organization based in the city, distributed free food to over 135 of its clients so they could prepare holiday meals for Easter. Clients who signed up in advance received either ham or fish along with other fixings to prepare a full Easter meal. “The need for food in our community continues …

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Norwalk disc golf tournament benefits Open Doors

The Fairfield County Disc Club held their annual Cranbury Park Ice Bowl on Saturday benefitting Open Doors in Norwalk. A total of 79 professional and amateur disc golfers competed in the two-round tournament. Organizers said it’s important for the community to support Open Doors, especially this time of year with winter weather dropping to freezing …

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High School Heros: How Feeding 500 Darien is Making an Impact in Fairfield County

Homelessness is a problem that plagues many communities, but in Fairfield County, a group of high school students is doing something about it through Feeding 500. Feeding 500 is a volunteer, high school student-run organization that works with the Norwalk-based Open Doors.  Their mission is to prevent homelessness through monetary, food and clothing donations. […] …

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Open Doors in Norwalk hands out Christmas dinner for people in need

A nonprofit organization in Norwalk gave out Christmas dinner for people in need on Christmas Day.  Open Doors served roast beef, baked ziti, vegetables, and more. The kitchen staff says they don’t just do this for Christmas – they pride themselves on the homestyle meals they provide every day. Although the need is bigger during …

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Open Doors in Norwalk distributes Thanksgiving baskets to families

Open Doors in Norwalk is distributing Thanksgiving turkey dinner baskets to over 250 local families. Volunteers from the First Congregational Church of Darien were at Open Doors on Tuesday morning to help hand out turkeys and all the trimmings for those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. Workers say the need for help …

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Turkey Trot co-chairs (L-R) Henry Hladick, Adelaide Tuff, Pia Bausman and Caroline Squillante

20th New Canaan Turkey Trot set for Sunday, November 19

One of the community’s best-loved annual events is set to return this weekend, with the 20th annual “New Canaan Turkey Trot” scheduled for the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19 (registration and details here). Co-chaired this year by four New Canaan High School juniors—Pia Bausman, Henry Hladick, Caroline Squillante and Adelaide Tuff—the Turkey Trot offers participants several options to participate in what is an important …

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Westport Lifestyle, “The First Step to Housing Stability: Eat.”

The rising cost of food, compounded by Fairfield County’s cost of living being significantly higher than the state average and rising (Nation Low Income Housing Coalition), means that people in our surrounding towns are suffering. In many cases, families are having to decide between food or rent. “Making choices about food or rent in one …

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New Canaan HS junior founds Feeding 500 to address poverty in Fairfield County

“It’s awesome to see people going out of their way to help us,” Oliver Tuff, the 17-year-old president and founder of Feeding 500 said.  The organization’s name comes from the goal to have each of six teams of New Canaan High School students feed meals to 500 people.  Since its inception in early 2021, students …

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