It's Turkey Time!
Foodshare’s annual Turkey and Thirty campaign kicks off on November 1. We will continue with our annual tradition of providing Thanksgiving meals and raising funds to fight hunger year-round. In an effort to keep everyone safe, this year’s campaign will look a little different. Here are some updates:
- To preserve our collective safety, we have suspended in-person turkey collection drives this year. Instead, Foodshare has purchased some turkeys in advance to meet our clients’ needs.
- Community members will be able to donate to Foodshare to support the purchase of a turkey (or more!) for a neighbor in need. Your monetary gift will help Foodshare achieve our goal; to provide thousands of families with the food they need on Thanksgiving and beyond.
- By sharing this news with your network you can double or triple your impact for this year’s Turkey and Thirty campaign!
The demand for food assistance has increased significantly during the pandemic, so your support now is critical. Foodshare expects that we'll need to distribute more than 20,000 turkeys this year. Please support our efforts today by donating online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Foodshare doing community drives to collect turkeys this year? +
No. To preserve our collective safety, we have suspended in-person turkey collection drives this year. Instead, Foodshare has purchased turkeys in advance to meet our clients’ needs. Community members will be able to donate to Foodshare to support the purchase of a turkey (or more!) for a neighbor in need. Your monetary gift will help Foodshare achieve our goal; to provide thousands of families with the food they need on Thanksgiving and beyond.
Can people still drop off a turkey at Foodshare? +
Yes. There will be a bin outside our warehouse in Bloomfield at 450 Woodland Avenue for contactless donations of individual or bulk turkeys for limited days/hours, listed below. Please drive up and pop your trunk and a Foodshare volunteer can get the turkeys into the bins. Social distancing will be enforced.
Wednesday 11/18 • 4:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday 11/19 • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday 11/20 • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday 11/21 • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Will Foodshare be picking up turkeys from drives? +
No, this year Foodshare will not be able to pick up turkeys collected at drives held in the community - we are encouraging virtual turkey drives instead. Turkeys can be delivered to Foodshare during our drop-off hours listed in the question above.
Is Foodshare accepting cash or credit card donations? +
Yes. A red donation box will be available for financial donations during the limited turkey collection hours at Foodshare, along with the DipJar for credit card donations. We continue to encourage all donations and fundraisers to be conducted online to help us promote social distancing and keep everyone safe.
In need of a turkey? +
Foodshare distributes turkeys to our network of partner food pantries and meal programs that in turn serve individuals in need. If you are in need of a turkey, please visitt www.211ct.org to find a local pantry near you. Organizations seeking turkeys from Foodshare must be current Foodshare partner programs.
Is Foodshare having its annual Turkey Tuesday event? +
Yes. This year’s Turkey Tuesday will be a small, social distanced event at Dunkin Donut’s Park.
General questions about Turkey and Thirty? +
Food & Fund Drives
Individuals, organizations, and community groups can participate in the Turkey and Thirty campaign by organizing an online drive in their community. To learn more about how you can help, please contact Communication Coordinator, Dyani Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860‑856‑4341.