Thanksgiving is a week away, which means the finish line for turkey needs is in sight.
That doesn't mean the need has been met at the Connecticut Food Bank.
It's asking donors to help it reach the finish by donating turkeys and fixings.
"Thanksgiving is our national meal," said Bernie Beaudreau, Connecticut Food Bank CEO. "It should be a day when everyone has an opportunity to sit at the table and share in the bounty."
The food bank totaled the numbers from its network of nearly 700 programs that have requested food for the holiday. It set a goal of providing 18,040 turkeys.
Beaudreau the organization is 95 percent of the way there.
"We need 884 turkeys to meet the need of families," he said. "If we could stretch and reach 1,000 additional turkeys, that would help to cover the possibility of changes in need."
The bank also needs stuffing mix, canned potatoes, canned yams, canned vegetables and egg noodles.
Anyone looking to help the food bank cross the finish line can do so before Monday to ensure the donations are used for this year's programs.
Donations are being accepted between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the bank's Wallingford distribution center at 2 Research Pkwy.
On Saturday, the bank will be open from 9 a.m. to noon to accept donations.
There are other drives taken place as well.
From 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, donors can drop items off at the KC101 Stuff-A-Bus food drive at the Hamden Plaza Shopping Center on Dixwell Avenue.
"Generous Connecticut food retailers, manufacturers and growers have provided healthy, fresh vegetables and fruits to build memorable, delicious and healthy meals for people in need," Beaudreau said.
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