The Gowrie Group said its annual Gowrie Group Challenge has raised $150,000 for The Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries in Connecticut, bringing the total raised over 12 years to more than $1 million.
The Connecticut-based insurance agency said donations to this year's challenge, which ended Jan. 15, topped previous records for dollars raised. Hitting the million-dollar mark means that more than 3 million meals have been provided for those in need through the challenge, an annual fundraising effort in which the Gowrie Group announces a $25,000 dollar-for-dollar matching donation to the Shoreline Soup Kitchens.
The matching approach doubles the impact of donations from local businesses and individuals. This year, more than 400 individuals and companies donated. The contributions are used to fill the shelves of the interfaith ministry's five pantries and serve meals to those who are struggling to feed themselves and their families at the SSKP's eight meal sites.
The Safety Zone, LC Doane Co., Tower Labs, Lenny & Joe's Fish Tale and the Tariq Farid Foundation were named partner sponsors that provided additional matching funds.
"Since 2004 we have partnered with the Shoreline Soup Kitchens & Pantries to feed our neighbors and those in need,” Gowrie Group CEO and founder Carter Gowrie said in a statement. “I am extremely proud to be part of a local community that comes together each year to support this challenge and to have raised over $1 million to benefit the SSKP."