Stamford Food Bank seeks more turkeys for Thanksgiving
STAMFORD — It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means Kate Lombardo is looking for some turkeys — about 8,000 of them.
“This is what happens every year,” said Lombardo, executive director of the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County. “This time of year becomes sleepless for the entire staff. All of us are worried because we care deeply for the community. We want the community fed.”
After collecting 13,500 turkeys last year, Lombardo said the Food Bank is seeking 15,000 this year. The Food Bank is about halfway to its goal with 7,000 commitments.
“Where do you think the people, who are cleaning homes and offices, mow your grass are living? The people who serve you food,” she said. “Where do you think they are getting their turkeys on Thanksgiving?”
In an effort to solicit more turkeys, volunteer Chuck Keeler donned a turkey suit and held a turkey-wanted sign this week outside the Food Bank on Glenbrook Road, asking drivers to donate frozen turkeys.
Lombardo said several local companies and organizations have contributed to the effort like Priceline, which has donated hundreds of turkeys, First County Bank and LaRocca’s Country Market have each donated 100 and Balducci’s and Viking Construction have each contributed 50.
“It’s companies like those that get us over the mark, along with the individuals,” Lombardo said.
The Food Bank turkeys will be distributed next Tuesday at several locations, including at Faith Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, Wilson Memorial Church and New Covenant House.
Turkey donations can be made at the Food Bank at 461 Glenbrook Road from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Food Bank will also be open this Saturday.