Greenwich Daily Voice: Chicken Soup Project Kickoff in Greenwich Includes Talk With Author

Published Friday, October 28, 2016
by Cindy Capitani

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Chicken Soup Project will kick off with an event Wednesday at the YMCA of Greenwich.

Everyone is invited to spend an evening making soup for community members in need.

The Chicken Soup Project was initiated by the Women’s Philanthropy wing of UJA Greenwich and provides “free soup to Greenwichites when they’re sick or bereaved or recovering from surgery,” explained Leah Schechter, UJA/JCC assistant director.

Gallons will also go to the Kosher Food Pantry of Jewish Family Service of Stamford, just in time for Thanksgiving.

While the broth is simmering, participants will share a light nosh and take in food for thought provided by author Jessica Fechtor and her best-selling memoir, "Stir: My Broken Brain and The Meals That Brought Me Home."

Winner of a Living Now Book Award, "Stir" traces Fechtor’s poignant and inspiring story of recovery — with the help of cooking — from a near-fatal brain aneurysm.

“The event brings together women in a hands-on community service project to nourish and heal others while also finding nourishment for their soul,” said Schechter. "Everyone is welcome to participate in The Chicken Soup Project."

Tickets  are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. They can be purchased at or by calling 203-552-1818.

The event will start at 7 p.m.

The YMCA of Greenwich is at 259 E. Putnam Ave., Greenwich.