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 day. In Connecticut alone, there are approximately 493,000 people who struggle to put food on the table. And nearly one in five children in Connecticut doesn’t always know where his or her next meal will come from.
We can’t justify people living with hunger. We must do all we can to change this. And as we learned this Thanksgiving, we have the ability and fortitude to 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 600 food-assistance programs we serve, thank you for your wonderful support this Thanksgiving and all year long.
Nancy L. Carrington
President & CEO
Connecticut Food Bank