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Jack Bannan Turkey Trot Helps Foodshare Move Towards Thanksgiving Goal

Posted on November 19, 2015

    Write -Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   It is a wonderful tradition that began with one man’s desire to help. The Jack Bannan Memorial Turkey Trot held November 18, in Connecticut’s Farmington Valley got off to a strong start collecting 1,231 turkeys to help Foodshare feed hungry folks in Greater Hartford for the Thanksgiving holiday, said organizers. People without enough to eat unlikely come to mind when thinking of Connecticut, long considered one of the wealthiest states in the nation. Nevertheless, the need is as real here as elsewhere.   The Turkey Trot originated with Bannan who was a grade 6 teacher in Simsbury, teaching for thirty-two years before his retirement in 1989. He passed away two years ago. Bannan,…

“A Turkey and Thirty” – Today & Thursday Help Foodshare Provide Thanksgiving Meals

Posted on November 19, 2014

Write-up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   Today and tomorrow, November 19 and 20, area food drives are being held to assist Bloomfield-based Foodshare in providing a Thanksgiving turkey dinner and the trimmings to those in need in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area. “Foodshare received 19,896 requests for turkeys from hungry families this holiday season,” Gloria McAdam, Foodshare President and CEO announced in a press release. Foodshare’s “A Turkey and Thirty” campaign asks for a donation of $30 plus a turkey, and aims to also raise $900,000 to “continue feeding people year-round.” “What we want people to understand is that many of our neighbors continue to struggle the other 364 days of the year,” McAdam added. “While we feel strongly that every American…

Send a Kid Home With a Backpack of Food – Join the Movement to End Hunger

Posted on August 19, 2014

Write-Up & Photos  by Jacqueline Bennett  When I began my reporting career one of  my earliest assignments was to cover a church sponsored Thanksgiving Day dinner for the homeless and those down on their luck. That day I talked with people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, veterans working to recover from their wartime experiences, elderly folks barely making ends meet on fixed incomes, and a young, newly unemployed couple who had swallowed their pride to be there so their children would have a holiday meal. Since that time, over a span of more than two decades I have reported on the growing needs of local and regional food pantries in communities throughout the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area. Just this past spring I…

Windsor Food & Fuel Bank Walks Against Hunger – Eric Lazarus Appointed Executive Director

Posted on May 5, 2014

Article & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett newsandviewsjb They may live next door, be seated nearby at a town meeting, attend a free summer concert in the park or be timidly pushing a cart in a grocery store. They are your neighbors, unsure of where their next meal will come from and their numbers are growing. Hunger is on the rise in the United States as the middle class shrinks say food bank directors. More and more Americans keep trying to tread water after a  job loss, due to wage stagnation, inflation, low wages or are retirees living on fixed and very limited funds. In Connecticut’s Hartford and Tolland counties alone, the regional food bank, Foodshare, estimates more than 100,000 people are living in food…