CT Foodbank hands out 20,000 turkeys to agencies across the state


It’s pick up day at the Connecticut Food Bank

Over the next two days, food pantries from across the state will be heading to Wallingford to make sure everyone has a proper Thanksgiving.

They’re divvying out 20,000 turkeys, plus the sides. It’s a heavy labor, but it’s a labor of love.

“Every year we do this. Through the glory of God that’s what we do. We believe in it,” said volunteer, Chikezie Nwaohuocha.

It’s no surprise he brought up his son, Blessing, to feel the same way. 

“It’s just fun for us. We enjoy what we’re doing,” said Blessing Nwaohuocha.  “Just showing God’s love however we can.”

“When we put the word out, the community responds,” said CEO of the CT Foodbank Bernie Beaudreau.

Monday is the culmination of a lot of work. Food pantries and agencies from across six counties back in their trucks and load up boxes of stuffing, sacks of produce, and of course the star of the whole meal, turkeys.

“We reached out turkey goal. We got all the turkeys we needed. We don’t have to turn anybody away without a turkey,” said Beaudreau.

Meriden’s Shianne Purvis felt that way too.  She dropped off 10 birds today with this load thanks to her company’s food drive.

“I hope that everyone comes out and donates. It’s a good time of year and volunteers especially,” said V-Technologies, Shianne Purvis.

The Milford’s Storehouse project is planning to donate more than 1,000 turkey to the Greater New Haven area.

“It’s always a pleasure giving it to them,. You always get a lot of Thank Yous and sometimes a couple of tears,” said Storehouse Project’s Raymond Mendoza.

To learn more about the CT Food Bank, click here. 

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