Connecticut Food Bank gets some help from Lyman Orchards, Covidien

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MIDDLEFIELD--Leftover food may seem like a trivial issue, but instead of getting rid of the scraps, Lyman Orchards is finding a good use for its crops.

"We've got more pears that we can sell, and the window for using them is closing," said John Lyman of Lyman Orchards.

The solution? The Connecticut Food Bank. The organization provides families in need across the state with Thanksgiving dinners, but they need more than just turkeys to offer a compete meal. "We are going to have a huge distribution, and we are looking for fresh produce to go with turkeys," said Audrey Campus from the Connecticut Food Bank.

The multitude of pears are perfectly ripe and sweet as honey, but are passed the point where they can be sold. That's where Covidien, a global health care company, was able to step in and help--volunteers from the company teamed up with the Connecticut Food Bank to quickly sort the pears to weed out the bad ones, and then to help package them to be distributed.

"Everybody wins--we're happy to be here," said Campus.

Andrea Trufan from Covidien echoed Campus's statement: "It's what makes us proud."

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