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Final push to feed hungry families

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Foodshare is making a final push to get enough turkeys for needy families before Thanksgiving (WFSB) Foodshare is making a final push to get enough turkeys for needy families before Thanksgiving (WFSB)

Time is running out to help families in need before Thanksgiving.

Foodshare of Bloomfield is desperate for more turkeys to give to families who have signed up to receive the holiday meal.

"There's been some years it's gone down to the wire," said James Arena-DeRosa, president and CEO of Foodshare. "Looks like we're going to have one of those this year. I am hopeful. This is a very generous community."

Monday is the final major push, and the regional food bank is still short on donations.

People continued to pull up to donations sites to help the nearly 16,000 people who reached out for a Thanksgiving meal.

"I'm going to eat a lot of turkey so I want other people to as well, and I think everybody deserves a good holiday meal," said Frank Moran of West Hartford.

Moran came by with four turkeys.

"That's the thing," Arena-DeRosa said. "When people say 'well who's getting these turkeys?' It's your neighbors. It's people you live with. Every single community in this region has people who are hungry and don't have enough food."

On Sunday, Foodshare volunteers were collecting more turkeys at West Side Marketplace in Rocky Hill.

"There are a lot of people in need this time of year, and I felt I would just do my job and help out," said Dan Skonieczny, who donated over the weekend.

As of Monday evening, Foodshare will be able to feed 14,931 families, but it still needs about 940 more turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving.

"I think they will make it. I think they have made it every year," said Helen Romeo, a volunteer for Foodshare.

Non-perishable items and monetary donations are also being collected to ensure that families from Hartford and Tolland Counties will get a full meal.

"Thanksgiving is a holiday for everyone," Arena-DeRosa said. "We invented Thanksgiving here in New England,right? And it's about community."

Turkeys have already been donated to close to 12,000 families. Final deliveries will be made Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Donations are being accepted at the Foodshare headquarters in Bloomfield starting at 6 a.m. Monday.

Foodshare said it will be collecting turkeys until 8 p.m. Monday and again early Tuesday morning.

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