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Kill Two Birds with One Stone to Fight CT Hunger

November 9, 2010

HEBRON, Conn. - The Thanksgiving season is a time when many people across Connecticut give to food pantries, but what happens when the leftovers are long gone? A program that kicks off today is designed to make sure the hungry have a Thanksgiving dinner and food long after the holiday is a distant memory. Foodshare is kicking off the "Turkey and a Twenty" campaign that encourages people to donate a turkey along with $20 to help feed the hungry all year long.

Foodshare President and CEO Gloria McAdam says it's important to realize that hunger in Connecticut is a problem every day of the year.

"Anything you can give above and beyond the turkey helps Foodshare feed people the rest of the year."

McAdams says Foodshare alone distributes tons of food each day to a network of nearly 350 local partners.

"Foodshare distributed 12 million pounds of food last year, which works out on a daily basis to about 16 tons every single day; and to help you visualize that, that's a tractor-trailer load full of food."

McAdam says food and monetary donations are just part of the solution. She says battling the chronic underlying reasons that people are hungry, such as poverty, is critical as well.

The drive kicks off in Hebron to emphasize the fact that hunger isn't just an issue in the state's larger communities. McAdam says rural hunger is a huge problem that sometimes is overlooked. They are hoping to raise $650,000 and get 19,000 turkeys. To donate or learn more, people can visit foodshare.org

Glen Gardner, Public News Service - CT