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Thanksgiving for All campaign under way

Local media, grocery stores and businesses are helping us get ready for our 2012 “Thanksgiving for All” campaign, a series of special events, food drives and fundraisers to benefit individuals and families in need of food assistance during the holiday season and the cold winter months that follow.

The turkeys and “trimmings” collected will be distributed by Connecticut Food Bank to food-assistance programs in the days before Thanksgiving. The funds are being used to purchase additional holiday food and for the distribution of the donated food throughout Connecticut.

Last year, we distributed enough turkeys and trimmings to provide more than 800,000 meals for people in need during the holiday season. Every food and fund drive is critical, not only to collect food and funds, but to increase awareness about the ongoing problem of hunger and poverty that many Connecticut residents continue to face.  One out of every seven households in Connecticut is struggling to keep food on the table.

“The number of Connecticut families turning to food-assistance programs continues to rise with 11 percent of residents having incomes under the Federal Poverty Level,” said Nancy L. Carrington, President & CEO of Connecticut Food Bank. “Because the soup kitchens and food pantries we serve continue to experience a high demand for their services, we need to collect as many frozen turkeys and other food items for those who might not have a holiday meal, or any meal, this time of year.”

“Thanksgiving for All 2012” Food Drive events include:

WPLR Fill the Bowl. Friday, November 2.  8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  WPLR is collecting frozen turkeys, nonperishable food and financial donations at Rest Stops along I-95 Northbound and Southbound in Milford.

“Fill the Bowl” at Yale Bowl. Saturday, November 10.  Presented by News 8, 99.1 WPLR and Yale Athletics.  Support Connecticut Food Bank by donating a frozen turkey, a bag of groceries or $10 and receive 2 tickets to the Yale vs. Princeton game!   Collection takes place when gates open until halftime.  Kick-off at noon. Yale Bowl, 250 Derby Avenue, New Haven.

Radio 104.1 Friends of Maze Food Drive.  November 11 & 12. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Monday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Connecticut Food Bank and friends at Radio 104.1 will be collecting non-perishables, frozen turkeys and cash donations. Big Y, 345 Washington, Avenue, North Haven.

Bank of America, Turkey Tuesday.  November 13, 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Bank of America Lobby, 157 Church Street, New Haven.

Star 99.9 Food for Friends. November 15, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.   Star 99.9 is collecting non-perishables, frozen turkeys and financial donations to support Connecticut Food Bank!

Stop & Shop, Milford, 855 Bridgeport Avenue

Stop & Shop, Shelton, 898 Bridgeport Avenue

Stop & Shop, Westport, 1790 Post Road East

KC 101 Stuff-a-Bus. November 16 & 17. Collecting frozen turkeys, non-perishables and financial donations. Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hamden Plaza, 2100 Dixwell Avenue.

WATR Big Heart at Big Y.  November 16 & 17.  Collecting frozen turkeys, non-perishables and financial donations. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Big Y, 85 Bridge Street, Naugatuck.

Connecticut Food Bank Fund Drives include:

Check Out Hunger.  Price Chopper, ShopRite and Balducci’s stores through January 30, 2013. Add a $1, $3 or $5 donation tag to your grocery bill and the funds will be donated to Connecticut Food Bank.   

In addition, Connecticut Food Bank warehouses in East Haven, Fairfield and Waterbury will have extended holiday hours to accept food and monetary donations from the public.  Visit for holiday hours and directions.

 Those unable to get to a food drive may donate a turkey or other items at our Virtual Food Drive at For event or warehouse information call (203) 469-5000 or visit

This article was posted in Fund/food raising, Fundraising, Thanksgiving.

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