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 in five children in Connecticut doesn’t always know where his or her next meal will come from.
This year is particularly difficult as our network of food pantries and soup kitchens are experiencing an increase in requests for help due to the November 1 cuts to SNAP (food stamps). The reduction in benefits means there are 1.4 million meals missing each month from the food budgets of Connecticut’s most vulnerable citizens.
This Thanksgiving is proof that through the overwhelming generosity of the community, we can feed tens of thousands of individuals who were in danger of going without a holiday meal. Let’s carry that resolve beyond Thanksgiving and into the days and months that follow.
On behalf of Connecticut Food Bank and the people we serve through more than 650 food assistance programs, we thank you for your support this Thanksgiving and all year long.