Connecticut Food Bank Seeks Community’s Help to Meet Turkey Goal | Connecticut Food Bank

Connecticut Food Bank Seeks Community’s Help to Meet Turkey Goal

16/Nov/16 / 15:21
Food Bank is Close, but Needs Help to Fill Requests from Area Programs


WALLINGFORD, CONN., November 16, 2016 – With Thanksgiving approaching, the Connecticut Food Bank is asking donors to help them reach the finish line in meeting the need for turkeys and the trimmings that will help provide Thanksgiving For All.


“Thanksgiving is our national meal,” said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “It should be a day when everyone has an opportunity to sit at the table and share in the bounty.”


Beaudreau said the Connecticut Food Bank has totaled the numbers from its network of nearly 700 programs that have requested food for Thanksgiving and hopes to meet the goal of providing 18,040 turkeys. We are 95 percent of the way there. “We need 884 turkeys to meet the need of families,” Beaudreau said. “If we could stretch and reach 1,000 additional turkeys, that would help to cover the possibility of changes in need.”


There are multiple opportunities to deliver frozen turkeys, nonperishable foods or financial donations to the Connecticut Food Bank before their major deliveries to food programs begin on Monday. Donations are accepted all week, between 8:00AM and 4:30PM, at the Food Bank’s Wallingford distribution center, at 2 Research Parkway. On Saturday, November 19, the Food Bank will be open from 9:00AM to Noon, accepting donations.


Beaudreau said that providing the other items to make a meal, like stuffing mix, canned potatoes, canned yams, canned vegetables and egg noodles, would help to round out the supplies on hand at the Food Bank, which will be supplemented by fresh produce supplied by larger donors, including area farms.


“Generous Connecticut food retailers, manufacturers and growers have provided healthy, fresh vegetables and fruits to build memorable, delicious and healthy meals for people in need.”


Another way to help the Connecticut Food Bank meet the need at Thanksgiving and beyond is with a financial donation, Beaudreau added. “We can turn a dollar into enough food to provide two meals. Financial donations give us the flexibility to put resources where we need them most quickly.”


Other food drives in the area are also available, Beaudreau said. “Thanks to support from local media partners and retailers, we have several sites around the region available for drop-offs of financial donations or food.”


In addition to the donation hours at the Connecticut Food Bank in Wallingford, the following drives are happening between November 17 and November 19:





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Date and Time Food Drive Location
November 17 and 18

6:00AM to 7:00PM

KC 101FM 26th Annual

Stuff-A-Bus Food Drive

Hamden Plaza Shopping


2100 Dixwell Ave. 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 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


Food Drive

ShopRite Supermarket

745 Foxon Road

East Haven, CT 06512

November 16 through 19

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM


Foodbank of Lower Fairfield County 461 Glenbrook Road Stamford, CT 06906


For more information about the Connecticut Food Bank, it’s Thanksgiving For All initiative, as well as to volunteer or make a financial donation online, visit


About the Connecticut Food Bank:

The Connecticut Food Bank is committed to alleviating hunger in Connecticut by providing food resources, raising awareness of the challenges of hunger and advocating for people who need help meeting basic needs. The Connecticut Food Bank partners with the food industry, food growers, donors and volunteers to provide food, which last year provided 19.2 million meals. We distribute that food through a network of community based programs to six Connecticut counties – Fairfield, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London and Windham counties – where more than 300,000 people struggle with hunger. Visit us on the web at, like us on Facebook and follow @CTFoodBank on Twitter and Instagram.