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Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather and celebrate the bounty of the season. But for many in Connecticut, the holiday is a stark reminder of their struggle with hunger.

Share The Bounty of Thanksgiving

fy5a9956-fam-dinner-exp-12-31-17Donate now to help share the bounty of the holiday. Help make Thanksgiving special for neighbors who might otherwise face another day without the food they need by supporting the Connecticut Food Bank. A financial donation helps us to provide food to more than 300,000 hungry people in Connecticut not just on Thanksgiving, but throughout the year.

Don’t have the time or space to host a food drive? We’ve got you covered! Virtual Food Drives are a great way to engage your colleagues, family and friends in support of the Connecticut Food Bank. It’s easy to get started!

Volunteer With Us

You can also help us by volunteering in November and throughout the year, sorting food, serving as community educators, helping in the office and more. Between October 11 and November 17, we have added Monday-through-Thursday evening volunteer shifts as well! Visit our volunteer page to learn more and get involved.verizon-wallingford

The Connecticut Food Bank provides the food to local soup kitchens and shelters that prepare meals for people in need. If you wish to volunteer serving meals on Thanksgiving, please visit our pantry locator to find a program near you and contact them directly to volunteer.

Support Food Drives in Your Community

In addition, you can help to provide a special meal for people in need at Thanksgiving by donating at one of the many food and fund drives organized by our valued partners during the month of November.

This year, food drives and fund raisers are scheduled throughout the month of November to help raise food, funds and awareness of the importance of helping neighbors who may not be able to provide for the basic needs of their families.

We Love to See Visitors – Bring Food Donations to Us!

Bring donations to us in Wallingford!

Bring donations to us in Wallingford!

If you’re not able to visit one of the scheduled drives listed below, you can bring your food donations to the Connecticut Food Bank! We will gladly accept frozen turkeys, as well as other items, between 7:30AM and 4:30PM beginning Monday, November 14, through Wednesday, November 23, at 12 Noon. See a list of the items we need here.

From October 30 to November 4, New Haven Restaurant Week, sponsored by Citizens Bank, will offer diners the opportunity to give a #BuckForATruck, by donating at restaurants participating in the week-long event. Every dollar raised will help the Connecticut Food Bank provide food to fill our 26-foot refrigerated box truck, underwritten by Citizens Bank, that can deliver enough food each day to prepare nearly 22,00 for people in need. Details on participating restaurants and more information about New Haven Restaurant Week is available at www.infonewhaven.com/restaurantweek

Food Drives and Special Events During October and November

Collecting food and funds at the 2015 KC101 Stuff-a-Bus event.

Collecting food and funds at the 2015 KC101 Stuff-a-Bus event.

October 11 to November 17

Special evening volunteer opportunities at the Connecticut Food Bank in Wallingford. Click here for more information and to sign up.

You may drop off frozen turkeys or nonperishable food items at the Connecticut Food Bank in Wallingford during business hours, between 7:30AM and 4:30PM beginning Monday November 14 through Wednesday, November 23, at 12 Noon. See a list of the items we need here. Directions to our Wallingford distribution center are here.

To help those in need living in lower Fairfield County, please consider donating a Thanksgiving turkey and fixings to The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, which serves many food assistance programs in that area. The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County is located at 461 Glenbrook Road in Stamford. Donations can be dropped off Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Saturday, November 19, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact Amy Tarantino at The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County if you have questions, at (203) 358-8898, ext. 200.

Scheduled Food Drives for Connecticut Food Bank:

Date and Time Food Drive Location
November 12
9:00AM to 2:00PM
Fill The Bowl – a food and fund drive before the Yale – Princeton game. Bring a frozen turkey or nonperishable item to donate, or make a financial donation. Yale Bowl, New Haven
November 12
9:00AM to Noon
NBC Connecticut
Food Drive
Stop & Shop Supermarket
Groton Square
Shopping Center
220 CT-12
Groton, CT 06340
November 17
6:00AM to 7:00PM
KC 101FM 26th Annual
Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive
Hamden Plaza
Shopping Center
2100 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
November 17
10:00AM to 7:00PM
Star 99.9FM and
Stop & Shop
Food for Friends Food Drive
Stop & Shop Supermarket
898 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
November 17
10:00AM to 7:00PM
WPLR and Stop & Shop
Food for Friends Food Drive
Stop & Shop Supermarket
370 Hemingway Avenue
East Haven, CT 06512
November 18
6:00AM to 7:00PM
KC 101FM 26th Annual
Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive
ShopRite Supermarket Hamden Plaza
Shopping Center
2100 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
November 19
8:00AM to 2:00PM
WATR 1320AM Food Drive Big Y World Class Market
85 Bridge Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770
November 19
9:00AM to Noon
Connecticut Food Bank
Turkey Drive
Connecticut Food Bank
Distribution Center
2 Research Parkway
Wallingford, CT 06490
November 19
10:00AM to 2:00PM
WTNH Food Drive ShopRite Supermarket
745 Foxon Road
East Haven, CT 06512
December 1
4:00PM to 8:00PM
City of New Haven
Tree Lighting Ceremony
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