Record # Holiday Meal Basket requests met with Community Partnerships!

With holiday program participation up again this year, we are grateful for our partners in the community who help us make Thanksgiving and Christmas more festive for our clients!  We distributed nearly 300 Thanksgiving meal baskets on November 20th, with 175 baskets provided by the Bristol County Elks Lodge and provisions for another 100 provided by East Bay Cares (charitable arm of Elks).  The Bristol Rotary donated a dozen large baskets which were earmarked for families with a minimum of five members.  Many clients brought thank you cards to share – here are a few:

“Thank you for making our Thanksgiving happen.”

“You made our holiday a holiday. Without your generosity and hard work, this would be another grueling day, wondering how we would survive.”

“Thank-you for the food basket. I went from working 32 hours a week to 14 hours, and I really needed this for the holiday for me and my family.”

“It is with great emotion that I thank you. We are a family of five. I have 3 children. It has been a hard year in many ways. My husband has a job, but with all the rising costs there is barely enough food for the day. Food is a major issue. Because of your efforts and generosity we will be able to give thanks on this Thanksgiving. I pray God blesses you, as you have blessed us.”

“Thank you for making life a little bit better.”

New this December, instead of Christmas food baskets, clients select holiday meal fixings in addition to the standard pantry offerings.  Selections include cranberry sauce, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, water chestnuts, bread or muffin mix, and dessert mix.  We are expecting over 300 client households to shop in the pantry this month and we would welcome donations of holiday foods. We are particularly in need of:

Quick bread or muffin mix
Dessert mixes – cake, cookies, brownies, etc.
Please bring the items to the East Bay Food Pantry on Wednesday, 12/19 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many thanks to those who have already donated December Holiday food:

First Congregational Church in Bristol

Rockwell Elementary School

Guiteras Elementary School

Sacred Heart School

Bristol Total Fitness

Olympic Physical Therapy

La Vida! Dance and Fitness

We appreciate all your support!