The Connecticut Food Bank is more than 4,000 short of its expected demand for turkeys this holiday. The shortage means thousands of residents, many of them children, will not have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner this year.
There are difficult financial strains due to the economic environment in our state. Connecticut Food Bank is asking everyone who is able to please consider donating a turkey to help others. This holiday represents an opportunity to reflect on those things we are all thankful for, a time for family and friends. Those who donate make it possible for everyone to be a part of the sharing process of Thanksgiving.
Last year, Connecticut Food Bank distributed 26,503 turkeys and 491,000 pounds of food, which provided an estimated 590,000 meals for people in need during the holiday season. Every event planned for this month is critical, not only to collect food and funds, but also to increase awareness about the ongoing battle with hunger and poverty that many Connecticut residents face. One out of every seven households in Connecticut is struggling to keep food on the table.
Find a “Thanksgiving for All 2010” event near you to donate:
• KC 101, WELI 660, ESPN 1300 Stuff-a-Bus. Friday, November 19, 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 20: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Collecting frozen turkeys, non-perishables and financial donations. Hamden Plaza, 2100 Dixwell Ave., Hamden
• WATR Big Heart at Big Y. Friday, November 19, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Saturday, November 20, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Collecting frozen turkeys, non-perishables and financial donations. Big Y, 85 Bridge St., Naugatuck
• i95 Camping for Cans. Starting 5 a.m. Monday, November 23 – ending at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 25. Collecting non-perishables and financial donations. Danbury Auto Group Lot, approx. 72 Newtown Rd., Danbury
Also, Connecticut Food Bank warehouses in East Haven, Fairfield and Waterbury will have extended holiday hours to accept food and monetary donations from the public, and for volunteers to help sort and distribute food to member programs before Thanksgiving.
People unable to get to a food drive may donate a turkey or other items at Connecticut Food Bank’s Virtual Food Drive at www.ctfoodbank.org.