CT Food Bank collecting donations for Thanksgiving dinners

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Just as fast as the food comes into the Connecticut Food Bank, it goes out.

Bernie Beaudreau CEO with The Connecticut Food Bank said, “We distributed last year 21 million meals and we hope to be at 22 or 23 million meals this year.” The food is inspected by volunteers.

food8 CT Food Bank collecting donations for Thanksgiving dinners
(Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

They have a check list to make sure its safe.

Ginger Yagovane said, “We made sure it wasn’t cut into or split or moldy and made sure it was usable.”

The food bank said the need for food has grown. Beaudreau added, “With housing costs increasing considerably and the food cost going up people are just really stretched.” Right now the food bank needs frozen turkeys, non-perishable foods and personal care items.

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food15 CT Food Bank collecting donations for Thanksgiving dinners
(Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

Dave Pettinicchi is a volunteer. He said, “We have so much here, especially in CT and there are more people who don’t have than we realize.” The food bank needs money to transport food that’s donated from grocery stores and local farmers. Generous donations and volunteers keep the food bank running. Pettinicchi added, “I retired after 40 years in corporate america and I wanted to give back.”

Ginger Yagovane said, “I’m retired now, so to be able to have a good time with the fellow volunteers and know that you are helping a really big cause.” Last Thanksgiving, the food bank distributed more than 19,000 turkeys. This year, they’re hoping to surpass that number to make sure everyone has a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings.

food10 CT Food Bank collecting donations for Thanksgiving dinners
(Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

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