WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– For charities that help feed the nation’s hungry, there is no busier day than the Monday before Thanksgiving. All of the generous donations you have made at food drives over the past few weeks are heading out to people’s dinner tables today. In just this one day, the Connecticut Food Bank will move more than 400,000 pounds of food. That is a lot more than usual.
“But it’s Thanksgiving time and all of our member agencies expand their services to be more generous at that time and make sure families have a good Thanksgiving meal,” explained Connecticut Food Bank Executive Director Bernard Beaudreau.
Which is why you’ve seen so many food drives recently. At one food drive at the East Haven Shop Rite Saturday, News8, the Bank of America and the Girl Scouts worked together, collecting more than a ton of food, including 159 turkeys. That all ends up at the Food Bank’s Wallingford facility, where it gets sorted. Today, students from Hamden Middle School were helping out with that. Then it gets divided up and loaded into trucks and vans. About 20 members of the U.S. Coast Guard are helping with the heavy lifting.
“We actually come here, not just on Thanksgiving, but about once a month we send a crew up here to help with just routine operations at the food bank,” said Capt. Andrew Tucci of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “We think it’s a great organization and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Picking up the food are dozens of member agencies, like Christian Community Action.
“We serve primarily families, so this year we will probably give out well over 2,000 bags of food, including turkeys,” said Eric Rey of Christian Community Action.
Rey says many of the people they serve have jobs, but still need help putting food on the table. That is called being “food insecure,” and it’s alarming how many people are in that category considering Connecticut only has around three and a half million people.
“We’ve got 475,000 people in Connecticut who are food insecure and we are not meeting all of that need right now,” Beaudreau said.
If you would like to help out, there is still time. The Connecticut Food Bank can still accept Thanksgiving donations through Tuesday. The facility is located at 2 Research Parkway, Wallingford, CT. Signs in the front of the building direct you where you can go to drop off donations.