Gift continues tradition of both financial and food collection support
(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) — The Knights of Columbus announced today that it is donating $20,000 to the Connecticut Food Bank to assist the organization in providing Thanksgiving meals to needy families.
According to Connecticut Food Bank, the donation will cover the cost of 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys and 2.5 tons of trimmings.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the Knights of Columbus who are making the holiday season a bit brighter for thousands of low-income Connecticut families,” said Nancy L. Carrington, & CEO of Connecticut Food Bank. “This donation comes to us at a critical time when our member programs are receiving more requests from those who are struggling to make ends meet.”
“In the midst of a prolonged economic downturn, the Knights of Columbus is pleased to support the tremendous work of Connecticut Food Bank in helping families across Connecticut celebrate Thanksgiving with a traditional meal,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Helping those in need has been the mission of the Knights of Columbus for more than 131 years, and we are happy to continue that work by making Thanksgiving special for so many of our neighbors.”
For more than a decade, the New Haven-based Knights of Columbus has regularly supported the Food Bank with donations of food and funding.
In addition to funding for turkeys and trimmings, last weekend, K of C members and employees assisted Connecticut Food Bank at its annual “Fill the Bowl” event before the Yale-Harvard football game at the Yale Bowl. Knights throughout Connecticut also have sponsored food drives to assist the Food Bank and local food pantries and the people that they serve.
Founded in New Haven in the midst of an economic depression in 1882, the organization is one of the nation’s most active charities. Last year, the Knights of Columbus donated more than $167 million and 70 million service hours to charitable causes worldwide. Over the past decade, Knights have donated $1.475 billion and 673 million volunteer hours to charity.