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

New London

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.

Related Content:Thank you for helping donate to the Forecast to End Hunger Food Drive

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.

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.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Former Colchester man saw his mother's attempted murder 40 years before confessing to killing his own wife, kids

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Former Colchester man saw his mother's attempted murder 40 years before confessing to killing his own wife, kids"

Colchester physical therapist faced financial troubles long before murder

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Colchester physical therapist faced financial troubles long before murder"

Old Lyme resident blames beavers for flooded yard near lake

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Old Lyme resident blames beavers for flooded yard near lake"

Anthony Todt's first court appearance Jan 16, 2020

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "Anthony Todt's first court appearance Jan 16, 2020"

PD: Former Colchester man confesses to killing wife, 3 children in Florida

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "PD: Former Colchester man confesses to killing wife, 3 children in Florida"

WEB EXTRA: Police in Florida give update on death investigation involving Colchester family

News /
Thumbnail for the video titled "WEB EXTRA: Police in Florida give update on death investigation involving Colchester family"
More New London

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss