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Foodshare hosts annual Turkey Tuesday event

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(WTNH) — This was not just any Tuesday. This was Turkey Tuesday, Foodshare’s big effort to get enough donations to feed thousands of needy families.

One or two at a time, the turkeys started arriving, even before the scheduled start time. Turkey Tuesday comes just nine days before Thanksgiving, and these birds will help Foodshare make it a happy holiday for many.

“That will put a dent in our overall goal of 15,059 turkeys,” explained Foodshare president Jason Jakubowski. “That’s how many needy families in Hartford and Tolland counties have applied for an been approved for turkeys”

Foodshare is the main food supplier to some 300 different charities and food pantries in those counties. A big boost to the cause came from the Max Cares Foundation giving $5,000.

“Being in the restaurant business, being able to do that makes food giving and Foodshare near and dear to our heart,” said Max Restaurant Group managing partner Steven Abrams.

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Businesses like Stop & Shop and LAZ parking also came up big. Individual donors are asked to give “A turkey and 30.” That’s a turkey for Thanksgiving and $30 to help fund Foodshare the rest of the year.

“Hunger doesn’t care what day of the week it is, hunger doesn’t care what time of the year it is,” Jakubowski said. “People are still hungry, and we’ve got to be out there to help them.”

A steady stream of public officials came to lend a hand and to underline the fact that, although the season of giving is great, the need to receive lasts all year.

“I think it’s an opportunity both to make sure that families have a great Thanksgiving and to raise awareness about an issue that’s with us every single day,” said Mayor Luke Bronin (D-Hartford).

To donate, visit their website.

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