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DESK Celebrates the Start of the 266 State Capital Project with “Wall-breaking Ceremony”

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Luis Olmo-Rivera, Director of DevelopmentDowntown Evening Soup Kitchen, Inc.(475) 227-3184lolmorivera@deskct.orgNew Haven, Conn., January 24, 2024 — Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Inc. (DESK), kicked off the renovations to their Drop-in...

How many cooks does it take to cook over 1,260 gourmet Thanksgiving meals?

Marchitto, who runs the culinary operations at CSC, is referencing his staff and colleagues — a team of chefs, cooks, and pantry workers who earnestly roast, whip, and wrap a savory Thanksgiving meal for New Haven residents who might otherwise go hungry. DESK, a...

Thanksgiving-for-All Was Truly-for-All

Hundreds of calls were made to potential recipients by IVCG friends and volunteers. Schedules were drawn up by IVCG during November to ensure timely, efficient meal deliveries by its volunteers on Thanksgiving Day. We give thanks to the hundreds of extraordinary...

WNPR: Addressing misconceptions around food insecurity: ‘It’s about more than food’

From Katie Pellico & Catherine Shen's reporting: For a Connecticut family of four, it costs over $126,000 just to meet their basic needs, according to a recent United Way report. That’s more than four times the federal poverty level.   Food insecurity is a...

In the News: SNAP/WIC, Narcan, & Student Homelessness

Agriculture secretary says government shutdown would impact department's programs: How will the looming government shutdown affect those who receive SNAP and WIC?  (Short answer: It could be catastrophic for families who depend on these programs.) Maine's housing...

Impactful Philanthropy Unites DESK, Saltzman, and Jewish Foundation

[New Haven, CT; September 19, 2023] — Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK), a New Haven institution since 1987, has been a steadfast support for the city's food-insecure residents. Expanding its mission, DESK recently opened a daytime Drop-in & Resource Center to...

In Memoriam: Keith Petrulis

Last night, we said goodbye to Keith Petrulis.  His friends, family, and community gathered at Trinity Church on the Green for a two-hour memorial service organized by U-ACT, the Unhoused Activists Community Team.  More than a dozen people who knew and loved Keith got...

Remembering those we’ve lost…

Opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of death for people under 40; and in the US last year, more people died from opioid overdoses than from car accidents. At DESK we've lost several people over the years, as recently as this past weekend. Below are a few poems...
In Memoriam: Keith Petrulis

In Memoriam: Keith Petrulis

Last night, we said goodbye to Keith Petrulis.  His friends, family, and community gathered at Trinity Church on the Green for a two-hour memorial service organized by U-ACT, the Unhoused Activists Community Team.  More than a dozen people who knew and loved Keith got...

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