Plainfield community helps food pantry give out hundreds of turkeys to those in need


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– The pandemic has been hard on many families, some of whom are now struggling to put a holiday meal on their Thanksgiving day table.

One volunteer armed with a megaphone called out numbers as soon as a cart of food was brought out from the Project Pin food pantry. The line may have been long for those waiting for their number to be called but the wait was worth it.

“In the bags they’re getting stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, canned vegetables,” said Tim Kettle, Executive Director of Project Pin.

Each family was given two bags and a box of food.

“We got butter. We got rolls, chips, potatoes, onions,” said Plainfield resident Christine Bardier, who showed News 8 the food she received.

They also got a turkey.

“They help out so much every month,” said Bardier. “Especially everything that’s been going on lately. Awesome.”

Project Pin didn’t know if it would have enough turkeys just a few weeks ago.

“We only had 70 turkeys. Our numbers are usually about 280,” said Kettle. “This year we’re passing out over 400 Thanksgiving dinners to needy families in the town.”

Plainfield Police to the rescue. They connected the pantry with The Hometown Foundation, which donated 290 turkeys. People in the community donated a hundred more.

“I appreciate it,” said one woman, who brought her own wagon. “Thank God there’s people like this you know.”

“If it wasn’t for the town feeding me, we would have been hungry and homeless by now,” said Plainfield resident Dee Bowerman.

She lost her waitressing job on March 16. The pandemic hit her family hard.

“Normally, I am donating every year to help out and this year I have been eating by the grace of Project Pin,” said Bowerman.

Long lines of cars could also be seen snaking around St. Joseph’s Church in Willimantic where volunteers handed out bags of food, along with turkeys provided by the Connecticut Food Bank 

The need is great but so is the desire to help.

The distribution at Project Pin and the whole operation depends on these volunteers. There were dozens helping give out the food Tuesday and there were dozens more Monday packing up all of the bags.

Project Pin may be giving many a reason for which to be thankful.

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