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Foodshare still needs thousands of turkeys

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Foodshare said it took in more than 5,000 turkey donations as of Wednesday afternoon. (WFSB photo) Foodshare said it took in more than 5,000 turkey donations as of Wednesday afternoon. (WFSB photo)
WFSB's Scot Haney was out helping Foodshare collect turkeys in Simsbury. (WFSB photo) WFSB's Scot Haney was out helping Foodshare collect turkeys in Simsbury. (WFSB photo)
BLOOMFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A charity organization seeking to feed struggling families this Thanksgiving needs your help to provide a meal for thousands of people throughout the state. 

Foodshare launched its annual "Turkey and Thirty" campaign on Tuesday. They asked donors for a turkey, or several turkeys, and a cash gift to ensure that their neighbors have food on the table even after the holiday season ends.

"That $30 does stretch," said James Arena-DeRosa, Foodshare's president. "It feeds people for a month, but it also helps us fight hunger all year long and find long-term solutions to hunger."

This year, Foodshare said it was asked to help 16,188 Greater Hartford residents join in on the Thanksgiving holiday. The requests came from food pantries and community kitchens.

Foodshare said that while it acknowledges that the number is high, it's encouraged by the downward trend in recent years and is looking to supporters to make sure the requests get filled.

As of Friday afternoon, there was enough donations to feed 10,514 families in the Greater Hartford area. Foodshare also received $456,758, which will be used to feed families all year round. 

However, they still need to feed 5,674 families throughout Connecticut. 

Arena-DeRosa said his organizations “remains cautiously optimistic” that it will reach its goal this holiday season.

“This should be an attainable goal, especially with how generous people have been this past week. I’m hoping the drives this weekend will prove that to be true,” Arena-DeRosa said. 

The following locations will be holding "Turkey and Thirty" drives this weekend:

  • D’Esopo Funeral Chapel in Wethersfield
  • Volunteer Ambulance Corps in Wethersfield
  • Stop & Shop in Glastonbury
  • West Side Marketplace in Rocky Hill
  • Shop Rite on Kane Street in West Hartford.
  • All Highland Park Market locations (They will be accepting donations as late as Nov. 24)
  • Foodshare Bloomfield distribution center 
  • Hartford Regional Market

To make a donation, people can also call 860-856-HELP. Potential donors can also visit Foodshare's website here for more information. 

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