U.S. Coast Guard helping food bank for Thanksgiving holiday

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Dozens of crew members with the United States Coast Guard bringing muscle power to the Connecticut Food Bank.

“We try to make Thanksgiving that one day of the year that nobody goes hungry in our state of Connecticut and this is how we get it done,” said  Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau.

pic5 U.S. Coast Guard helping food bank for Thanksgiving holiday
(Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

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They loaded cases of turkeys, potatoes, apples and the fixings.

“We really enjoy it. It is almost fun. We get into a chain and we’ve got two lines going and almost make it a competition to see who can load the trucks faster,” said Lt. Alaina Fagan.

pic U.S. Coast Guard helping food bank for Thanksgiving holiday
(Photo: Noelle Gardner/WTNH)

The Coast Guard volunteers year round at the food bank. Lt. Fagan added, “It is so rewarding because I think about the people this food is going to feed. Especially for Thanksgiving and it is just great to feel that we are making a difference in the community.”

The U.S. Coast Guard moved 450,000 pounds of food to the loading dock and out the door.

Beaudreau added, “They are loading up all these cars. We are moving almost a half a million pounds today. That is our biggest day of the year.”

“We are helping load up the pallets to distribute to all the food banks in the area and local churches,”  Lt. Fagan said.

The Coast Guard will help out on the receiving end.

“The turkeys that originate here once it gets to its destination we’ve also had volunteers that take the turkeys off the truck and handing them out to families,” Fagan said.

The food is going to more than 300 food pantries and soup kitchens in time for Thanksgiving.

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