MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, many Connecticut families will be looking for help to enable them to sit down to a traditional holiday feast. Liberty Bank and 45 local Rotary Clubs are teaming up to make sure that everyone in central, eastern, and shoreline Connecticut can enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.
From now until Nov. 21, Liberty’s 60 branch offices will accept donations to local Rotary Clubs for the purpose of providing Thanksgiving food. Every dollar donated at a Liberty office will be matched with 25 cents from the Liberty Bank Foundation. On Nov. 23, the Rotary Clubs will withdraw the funds and either purchase and deliver food for needy families or donate the funds to a local human services agency that provides Thanksgiving food.
Since it began in 2004, the Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner Drive has raised over $3 million to supply holiday meals to residents of the towns served by the bank. Last year’s drive raised over $450,000 and was matched with almost $115,000 from the Liberty Bank Foundation, for a total of over $565,000. This year, with the dramatic increase in food insecurity generated by the pandemic, the goal is to raise a combined total of $800,000.
“We’ve all seen on TV the long lines of cars at Rentschler Field waiting for food,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of the Liberty Bank Foundation. “With 47 percent of Connecticut residents having experienced a loss in work-related income due to the pandemic, more people than ever are struggling to put their daily food on the table—much less a Thanksgiving feast. With the help of our Rotary partners and a generous public, we can change that. Our goal is to raise enough money not just to provide Thanksgiving food, but to stock our food pantries for the winter.”
The following Rotary Clubs are participating in the 2020 Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner Drive: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Branford, Bristol, Cheshire, Chester, Clinton, Colchester, Deep River, Derby/Shelton, East Hampton, East Hartford, East Haven, Groton, Hamden, Kensington/Berlin, Ledyard, Madison, Meriden, Middletown, Montville, Mystic, Naugatuck, New Britain/Berlin, New Haven, New London, Newington, Niantic, North Branford, North Haven, Norwich, Old Saybrook, Plainville, Seymour/Oxford, Simsbury/Granby, South Central CT, Southington, Stoningtons, Tribury, Wallingford, Waterbury, Waterford, West Hartford, Wethersfield/Rocky Hill, Willimantic, Woodbridge, and the East Haddam Community Lions Club. Each Liberty Bank office will collect contributions for its local Rotary, so the funds will remain in the communities where they were donated. Some Rotaries will collect and distribute funds for nearby towns as well as their own, so that every town with a Liberty Bank office will be included. (Visit www.liberty-bank.com/locations for a list of Liberty Bank offices.)