FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Food drives and special programs throughout November will help the Connecticut Food Bank provide the makings of Thanksgiving meals for more than 300,000 people across Fairfield County and throughout the state this year.
Several food and fund drives are planned to help the bank and its partners collect needed items during a season when people think about sharing their good fortune with others.
Connecticut’s nonprofit leader in the fight against hunger, the Connecticut Food Bank provides food from community donations, growers and retailers to provide some 700 partners and programs with food to help alleviate hunger.
“At a time when we all hope to give thanks for good fortune, many struggle to provide for basic needs like food,” said Connecticut Food Bank Director of Community Engagement Sarah Morocco. “We appreciate all the drives that individuals and families, as well as community- and faith-based groups hold this month and throughout the year to help feed our neighbors who struggle with hunger.”
Morocco said the bank develops corporate partnerships that raise food, funds and awareness about the issue of hunger. She cited the Food Bank’s Virtual Fund Drive as a tool that helps both businesses and individuals raise funds in an “easy to use and very engaging format.”
“There are so many ways to help, as volunteers, advocates, financial donors and food donors. We hope the holidays inspire people to get involved with us and that they will stay engaged in the fight against hunger throughout the year, she said.
Drives are scheduled in the following communities:
• Star 99.9 -- Food for Friends Food, Drive Stop & Shop 200 E. Main St. Stratford, Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to noon
• Star 99.9 -- Food for Friends Food Drive, Stop & Shop, Kings Highway Cutoff, Fairfield, Sunday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. to noon
• Star 99.9 -- Food for Friends Food, Drive Stop & Shop, 380 Main Ave., Norwalk, Monday, Nov.16, 5 to 7 p.m.
• Star 99.9 -- Food for Friends Food Drive, Stop & Shop 470 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 5 to 7 p.m.
• Star 99.9 SUPER THURSDAY -- Food Drive, Stop & Shop, 898 Bridgeport Ave., Shelton, Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Star 99.9 SUPER THURSDAY -- Food Drive, Stop & Shop, 1790 Post Road E., Westport Thursday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Fill the Bowl at the Yale Bowl -- Yale Bowl, Route 34, West Haven: One free admission to the Harvard-Yale Game with a $15 donation, a frozen turkey or a bag of nonperishable food items. Game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Hopkins School Fund Drive, I-95 north and south Service Plazas in Darien. Students will collect financial donations from travelers. Wednesday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For all the planned activities, visit http://www.ctfoodbank.org/ways-to-give/thanksgiving-for-all/.
The bank distributes food through a network of partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, residential and day care programs in six counties.
The bank is the state’s nonprofit leader in the fight against hunger and the largest provider of charitable food donations.
Visit the Connecticut Food Bank on the web at www.ctfoodbank.org .
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