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Connecticut food bank still needs 2,100 turkeys

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BLOOMFIELD — Time is running out.

Foodshare is in need of 2,100 turkeys to meet its Thanksgiving goal.

This year the regional food bank had more requests than ever before with 19,896 families asking Foodshare to supply their Thanksgiving turkey because they couldn’t afford to do so.

The Food Bank wants to ensure that no family has to face an empty table.

Days before Thanksgiving and Foodshare has distributed 11,540 turkeys.

Monday the organization expects to hand out 4,383 turkey and 3,973 on Tuesday.

The problem is Foodshare can meet Monday’s goal but not Tuesdays.

That means the food bank would have to reschedule thousands of appointments, which is a logistical nightmare. Organizers are hoping people can dig deep and help avoid that and help avoid turning people away in general.

Since we are so close to Thanksgiving Foodshare asks that all turkey donations be brought to the distribution center in Bloomfield.

Now in addition to providing turkeys, Foodshare’s Turkey and 30 campaign must also raise $900,000.

A donation of a turkey and $30 will ensure people are not forgotten once Thanksgiving has passed.

The regional food bank operates year round, serving 128,000 people in Hartford and Tolland Counties.

Monday afternoon Gov. Malloy is expected to highlight donation efforts taking place at the distribution facility in Bloomfield.

The Governor will stop by at 12 p.m. to take a tour and speak to volunteers and staff.

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