Friday, December 2, 2016

Grocery Stores Stuffed with Generosity

Foodshare's Turkey and Thirty campaign this year could not have been successful without the support of our local retail partners. Thank you to Big Y, Stop & Shop, ShopRite, Westside Marketplace, and Highland Park Market for your turkey drives and for offering to be collection sites!

Connecting You to Turkey: NBC Connecticut Turkey Drive

NBC Connecticut's "Connecting You to Joy" annual food drive provided Foodshare with $1,038 and 203 turkeys for our hungry neighbors. Thank you NBC Connecticut for supporting our Turkey and 30 campaign!

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Glastonbury Town Drives Break the Bank

The Glastonbury community rallied this Thanksgiving, collecting a total of 443 turkeys to ensure hundreds of neighboring families could join the celebration. 

First Church of Christ Congregational raised $3,375 and collected 162 turkeys.
 Stop & Shop collected 281 turkeys along with $9,323. Glastonbury High School hosted a drive bringing in an additional $3,235!

In total the town raised $14,192 -- a $10,000 increase over last year!
Thank you so much for your incredible generosity, Glastonbury! 

Deck the Halls to Feed a Neighbor

George Saponare, a Windsor resident, will be hosting his annual Christmas House Tour on the weekends of December 3-4, and 10-11.

Every year George opens his home for local residents to view eight rooms and two bathrooms decorated with 20 trees, Annalee dolls, Byer's Choice Carolers, Lynn Hanney Santas, and Marc Roberts figures. All visitors are asked to make  a monetary donation or bring a non-perishable item in support of Foodshare.

Visit 234 Kenswick Lane in Windsor between 1-5pm to bring a season of joy to our hungry neighbors!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

10 Turkeys of a Feather Donated Together

Advocating against hunger is often a life-long passion, especially for those who have worked at Foodshare. Jill Nulsen, a former Foodshare employee, graciously made a donation to our Turkey and Thirty campaign, and this is what she had to say about her gift:

"Have you ever brought a meal to a family because they are going through a tough time? A loss, a surgery, a serious illness? If you have, you know the gratitude felt when you are willing to extend yourself for another family. Now multiply that by 15,000 families.....that is Foodshare's work this Thanksgiving, through you.

In the space of about 30 minutes, my family touched 10 families in Greater Hartford through the donation of 10 turkeys. Ten families!!! When was the last time you had an opportunity to do that, even in a year's time? I won't see their faces, but because Foodshare is in a position to know exactly who needs our help, I know there will be a Thanksgiving meal at their homes. Foodshare's positioning is critical to not only meeting the need, but knowing how to logistically make it happen. This Thanksgiving, I am so grateful to be a part once again of that community that nurtures and cares for one another."

Thank you, Jill, for continuing to support our neighbors in need! It's activists and donors like you that make it possible for us to do what we do.

State Officials Bring in the Birds

In the spirit of the holiday season, employees at the State Office Building hosted a Turkey and Thirty drive to provide our hungry neighbors with a traditional Thanksgiving meal. 

For the 12th year in a row, Joseph Steckel coordinated a turkey drive on behalf of the Department of Public Health in Hartford, collecting 102 turkeys and raised $2,438. Employees at the State Office Building also supported the effort with 119 turkeys and $4,001.


Longtime Foodshare Volunteer Accepts Turkey From BNI

Just recently, one of our most dedicated and loyal volunteers Andrew Stern accepted a turkey donation from the Business Networking International (BNI) chapter of Greater Hartford. The chapter has held a turkey drive in support of our hungry neighbors for 8 years.

The turkey was presented to Andrew from the chapter's president, Andrea Agostinucci. Thanks to their efforts they were successful in collecting 10 turkeys and raising $380. 

Thank you Andrea and your fellow colleagues for supporting Foodshare's efforts to end hunger!