Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project Gearing Up to Feed More Than 500 Families

The Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project (MCTP) — made up of volunteers from nonprofit organizations, businesses, and faith communities — is gearing up to feed 535 families who do not have the means to purchase a Thanksgiving meal this year.

If you are unable to purchase Thanksgiving dinner for your family this year, registration for Thanksgiving baskets will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 16 Stack Street, through Nov. 14. There will be no registration on Nov. 12 in observance of Veterans Day.

Those who wish to register must provide proof of Middletown residence and ID for each family member. Acceptable proofs of residence are utility bill, driver’s license or state identification, lease agreement or rental receipts. Acceptable forms of identification are driver’s license, birth certificate, medial card, or DSS or housing listing. No social security cards will be accepted.

Baskets will be available for pickup Tuesday, Nov. 20 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Road.

Monetary donations are being accepted to purchase necessary food and non-food items essential to this effort. If you wish to contribute, checks can be made out to Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project and send to MCTP, c/o Fellowship Church, 1002 Saybrook Rd., Middletown, CT 06457.

If you wish to make a donation of a non-perishable food item, the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project is holding a Fill-A-Bus event Saturday, Nov. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Stop & Shop.

For more information about volunteering or contributing a donation, please contact Lara SantaMaria at Fellowship Church at 860-346-1181.

Partners in the Middletown Community Thanksgiving Project are Community Renewal Team, Cross Street AME Zion Church,, Fellowship Church, Heritage Commons, Liberty Bank Foundation, Middlesex County Community Foundation, Middlesex United Way, the Middletown Interfaith Community, Middletown Kiwanis Club, Middletown Police Department, Middletown Public Schools, Middletown Rotary Club, St. John Roman Catholic Church, St. Luke’s Eldercare Services, St. Vincent De Paul Middletown/Amazing Grace Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, Wadsworth Glen Health Care Center, and Wesleyan University.

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