There are numerous opportunities in town where you can pitch in and provide a delicious Holiday meal to those in need. Food drives, individuals, families, offices, retailers, schools, scout troops, teams and more can get in on the action.
The Connecticut Food Bank provides nutritious food to over 300,000 people in 6 local Counties year round. During the Holiday season, they encourage people to donate frozen turkeys (8-10 lb. size), canned vegetables or donations of dollars so they can purchase these foods at their discounted wholesale rate. Donations can be dropped at 74 Linwood Avenue during their extended Thanksgiving hours November 18th to 22nd from 7am — 5pm. “We also receive donations from local retailers — Stop & Shop and Shop Rite. One year approximately 700 turkeys were donated to our main warehouse in East Haven,” said Mary Ingarra, Communications Director.
203.256.1935 or ctfoodbank.org for more info, to volunteer or to purchase a bag of groceries on their ‘virtual food drive’ site.
Operation Hope's Food Pantry provides over 123,000 meals each year, more than 200 families per month, to neighbors in need. Donations can be dropped to the shelter and kitchen, 50 Nichols Street (behind the Police Station) Saturdays and Sundays from 8am — 4pm or to their offices, 636 Old Post Road Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm.
203.292.5588 or operationhopect.org for volunteer info or to help with their ‘wish list’ needed items.
The Horseshoe Café, 335 Pequot Avenue, is currently running their month long food drive called ‘Horseshoes for Hope.' This food drive and fundraiser is held in support of Operation Hope. Stop by and donate nonperishable food, attend their Monday night all-star music line up and purchase a ‘Horseshoe for Hope.' Acoustic Mondays open mic has scheduled feature artists and welcomes all musicians to come and perform. Music from 8pm — 11:30pm.
Chips Restaurant, 525 Tunxis Hill Cutoff, is hosting a special Thanksgiving Day breakfast. Enjoy pancakes, 2 eggs, sausage or bacon, coffee or tea for $12 per person. Proceeds will benefit Operation Hope. ‘Give thanks and help your neighbors in need with a Thanksgiving tradition in Fairfield – breakfast at Chips!’
Super Stop & Shop, 1160 Kings Highway Cutoff, is offering a ‘$10 box of fixings and sides’ to accompany a turkey. Customers can purchase these ready-made boxes and drop them into the large ‘Donation Drop Box’ in the store or you can purchase your own items and drop them in. This food drive will run through November 22nd.
Grade A ShopRite, 1975 Black Rock Turnpike, participates with Partners in Caring. Each time you buy an item marked with the special ShopRite Partners in Caring shelf tag you are doing your part to help the hungry.
The Studio, in the Sportsplex, 85 Mill Plain Road, is offering customers fun, hands on way to help: make and paint a ceramic bowl – FREE! Write a message of hope on it and it will be donated to Operation Hope. They are asking for boxes of donated cereal which will accompany these happy handmade works of art.
And, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I leave you with this quote: “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love,” Mother Teresa.