Preparing Something Special

STAMFORD—“He’ll do anything for the kids,” says Executive Director John Gutman, of Chef Michael Arditti. The New Covenant Center Chef has been preparing and cooking the weekday meals for two years for the kids and moms at Inspirica House (shelter) in Stamford.

This week Michael donned his hoodie, winter gloves and Hollywood glasses to spend time in the New Covenant Center—4 degree freezer searching for something special to provide two lunches for 150 kids during the last week of the Boys and Girls Summer Camp at the Yerwood Center,

“Michael found chicken tenders for one of the meals. The MAVFoundation, who advocates for the end to hunger, approached us about helping out during the last week of camp. New Covenant Center served lunch to the camp yesterday and will serve another lunch tomorrow. We also want to thank St. John Church of Darien for donating juice, water, energy bars and tangerines as part of the lunches for the campers,” Gutman.

New Covenant Center provides more than 600,000 meals yearly to the working poor, elderly and homeless of the greater Stamford area. Its mission is focused on hunger prevention and social services for a better life.

The 8,200 square foot center includes dining and pantry services, bath and shower facilities for homeless guests, and a laundry room, barber services, job skills training and social programs provided at the soup kitchen to help people become more independent.

Sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the inner city soup kitchen relies on hundreds of interfaith volunteers along with its small professional staff to provide nutrition and social services. Services are open to people of all faith, free of charge.

New Covenant Center is located at 174 Richmond Hill Avenue in Stamford. Phone 203.964.8228. Online at: