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Category Archives: Thanksgiving

So Much to be Thankful for

The following blog entry is from Connecticut Food Bank’s President & CEO Nancy L. Carrington. The generosity of individuals, families, school and civic groups, businesses and organizations is making it possible for thousands of low-income families to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this holiday. It is only through the support of many in the community that Connecticut Food Bank is able to ensure a successful “Thanksgiving for All” campaign. I am happy to report that together, we collected 25,512 turkeys and more than 412,720 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide 599,055 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we acknowledge that hunger does not take a holiday. In Connecticut alone, there are more than 520,000 people who struggle to put food on the table each and every day.  And nearly one...
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Thank you for successful “Thanksgiving for All” campaign

Connecticut Food Bank and the people we serve are so grateful for the overwhelming support from thousands of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies that helped make our 2012 “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success.  Our pantries and soup kitchens who are in communities that were the hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy just a little over three weeks ago, had an increased demand from families who lost so much.  Not only did people spring into action to help restock food supplies immediately after the storm, but the support poured in the days and weeks that followed. Together, we collected 25,138 turkeys and more than 240,000 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 490,000 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we acknowledge that Thanksgiving is just one...
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More turkeys needed for Thanksgiving for All campaign

An estimated 9,000 more turkeys are needed by Monday if Connecticut Food Bank is to match the amount of turkeys distributed at Thanksgiving last year.  And with Thanksgiving one week away, Connecticut Food Bank is asking the public to help provide low-income families with a holiday meal this year. Last year, Connecticut Food Bank distributed more than 25,000 turkeys and more than 360,000 pounds of “trimmings” to agencies feeding people in six of Connecticut’s eight counties. While the people of Connecticut have been especially generous to their neighbors who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, the food bank is now in need of turkeys and other food items so the 300,000 people served by its network of soup kitchens and food pantries enjoy a holiday meal. The turkeys and “trimmings” collected are distributed to food-assistance programs in the days before Thanksgiving. The funds are being used to purchase additional holiday food...
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Want to volunteer? Here’s how you can help

We have two immediate ongoing volunteer opportunities at our East Haven office at 150 Bradley Street.  If you are interested in any of the following volunteer positions, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Kim Damien at 203-469-5000, ext. 311, or email kdamien@ctfoodbank.org.  Warehouse help needed Connecticut Food Bank needs one volunteer each day, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to Noon; and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at our East Haven warehouse to assist with sorting food donations. This is an ongoing opportunity and not a one visit situation. The days can be covered by the same volunteer each day or by a different volunteer each day.   BackPack delivery assistant A BackPack delivery assistant is needed each Thursday morning during the school year.  The volunteer will ride with a staff member to participating schools and help unload the boxes and carry them inside. The right volunteer will be able to lift and carry 35-40...
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Thanks for Your Support

Thank you doesn’t seem enough to express the appreciation felt by Connecticut Food Bank for the great outpouring of support from thousands of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies that helped make our “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success. The people of Connecticut have always been generous—and they proved that again this year. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene and October’s snow storm, people were generous. Because of that early generosity, we were concerned that donations during the Thanksgiving season would drop. But we put out the call for the need for food and the community responded overwhelmingly. Together, we collected 25,052 turkeys and more than 392,000 pounds of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 600,000 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. As we count our blessings for the outpouring of community support, we have to remember Thanksgiving...
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Our Thanks

This past Thanksgiving Day, many of us sat around the dinner table surrounded by friends and families expressing our gratitude over heaping plates of food. Thousands of men, women and children who are struggling to survive in today’s economy were also able to share in the spirit of the holiday thanks to the generosity of their neighbors. Scores of individuals, families, civic groups, schools, religious organizations and companies came forward in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving to help make Connecticut Food Bank’s “Thanksgiving for All” campaign a success. Together, we collected 24,516 turkeys and more than 360 tons of trimmings. With everyone’s help, we were able to provide nearly 779,503 meals for people in need of food assistance this holiday season. The kindness demonstrated throughout our Thanksgiving campaign was not only awe-inspiring, but also a testament to what we can do when we work together as a community. As...
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Giving Thanks

We recently sat down to talk to with Bill Lee, the recipient of our Hunger Action Hero Business Award, which was given in September. Bill owns Thermo King of Southern Connecticut. He has also been a partner with Connecticut Food Bank for the past 12 years, volunteering his time and equipment and making donations. As he does every year, Bill provided on-site refrigerated trucks for our large Thanksgiving for All food drives last week. These large-scale turkey collections in our communities would not be possible without his support. A true inspiration, Bill continues to make a difference in the community by hosting food drives. Below is our interview with the Thermo King himself. CFB: Congratulations on your recent Hunger Action Hero Business Award. What does this award mean to you personally? Bill: Well, I donate to a lot of different organizations and it felt really good to receive an award...
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“Thanksgiving for All” Campaign is Thousands Short of Meeting Distribution Needs

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...
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Meatless Monday (Maybe) and Tuesday and Wednesday…

Editor’s Note: Below is a guest post from Elaine Piraino-Holevoet of PIROET Design, who initially posted the entry on her blog, called ontheroadtogreenness. The blog is a tale of one person’s lifelong journey to becoming a good person living a green lifestyle. It is also the story of the people she has met, the things she has tried, the places she has traveled, and the ideas she has encountered along the way. These are all recounted in the hope of getting others to join her on her quest to save the planet. The blog entry below is reprinted with permission. Many who go without meat on Monday have made a conscious decision to do so—perhaps to improve their health or because they are concerned about climate change. Some are vegetarians or vegans and go without meat every day for ethical reasons. Whatever the motivation, it is a privilege when one...
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