Hartford and Tolland County Families to Have Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey and All the Trimmings This Holiday

  • More than 1,200 turkeys and 990 pounds of food collected at
    Foodshare’s Hartford “Turkey Tuesday” drive, hosted by Bank of America
    and UnitedHealthcare
  • Foodshare to continue accepting turkeys and other food through
    Tuesday, Nov. 24, for hungry families in time for Thanksgiving

HARTFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than 1,200 families in Hartford and Tolland counties will be able
to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the generosity of Hartford
employers and residents who stopped by 185 Asylum St. this morning to
drop off turkeys and other holiday food items, and donate money for
additional meals.

Over the course of the four-hour “Turkey Tuesday” food drive, hundreds
of people dropped off turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce and other
holiday food items. The food will be distributed to families in Hartford
and Tolland counties who requested assistance in preparing their holiday

“Thanksgiving is a holiday for everyone – at least it should be. Turkey
Tuesday will help ensure our struggling neighbors can join in the
celebration and have food all year long. We are so grateful for everyone
who took the time to stop by and make a donation,” said James
Arena-DeRosa, president and CEO of Foodshare. “And a special thanks to
our friends at Bank of America and UnitedHealthcare for making this
event such a success year after year.”

Foodshare will continue to collect and distribute food for Thanksgiving
until Tuesday, Nov. 24. The food bank’s Bloomfield distribution center
is accepting donations and has extended its hours of operation beginning
Wednesday, Nov. 18. For more information on how to help, or for a list
of food donation sites, visit www.aturkeyand30.org.

“Organizations like Foodshare help make our communities stronger by
supporting families in need,” said Kevin Cunningham, Connecticut
president, Bank of America. “Through the dedication of our volunteers
and partners at Turkey Tuesday, more than 1,200 local families will get
enough to eat for the Thanksgiving holiday.”

“UnitedHealthcare is grateful to partner with Foodshare so families in
need may celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious meal with all the
trimmings,” said Craig LaFiandra of UnitedHealthcare. UnitedHealthcare
employee volunteers helped gather donations and load the Foodshare truck
with turkeys and other food donations, and UnitedHealthcare conducted
its own food drive among its more than 2,000 Hartford-based employees at
its 185 Asylum St. office.

About Foodshare
Recognized as
one of the most innovative, progressive and efficient food banks in the
country, Foodshare has served Hartford and Tolland counties since 1982.
Last year, Foodshare provided enough food for 12 million meals to 300
partner programs including food pantries, community kitchens, and
homeless shelters, and through its Mobile Foodshare program. The
organization also works on reducing the need, with programs that help
people get back on their feet and get the resources they need to buy
their own food. Working in partnership with other community leaders such
as the United Way, End Hunger Connecticut! and 211 Infoline, Foodshare
has the experience and is building the networks necessary to help make
this vision a reality.

About Bank of America
Bank of
America is one of the world’s leading financial institutions, serving
individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large
corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management
and other financial and risk management products and services. The
company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving
approximately 47 million consumer and small business relationships with
approximately 4,700 retail financial centers, approximately 16,100 ATMs,
and award-winning online banking with 32 million active users and more
than 18 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world’s
leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate
and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset
classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals
around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to
approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of
innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves
clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of
America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock

About UnitedHealthcare
is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by
simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and
wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care
providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit
programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees
and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 850,000 physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more
information, visit UnitedHealthcare at www.uhc.com
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