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VIDEO: 'I Don't Think Anybody In East Haven Will Go Hungry This Holiday Season'

The generosity of East Haven residents was in full view this week at the East Haven Food Pantry, as volunteers organized numerous baskets for holiday season meals.

East Haven Food Pantry director Phyllis LaRoche spoke to East Haven Patch about this year's holiday meal basket drive, which is already off to a strong start for the season.

This Thanksgiving, the pantry handed out 236 turkeys with all the trimings, and 35 $10 dollar gift cards for those who did not want turkeys but were in need of a food basket.

And volunteers are hopeful that that level of community support and giving will continue for the remainder of the holiday season as well as into the new year.

Joe November 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
236 turkeys? Are there really 236 poor families or are some of these people cheap/addicts?? I would like go kno were these 236 turkeys go! To only east haven residents or?...it's a shame articles like this do not get much attention as others do!
Mike D November 25, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Hey Joe I got one of those turkeys from the food pantry for my family because there are times when some of the bills are too overwhelming. It's people like you that make comments like that and people like me feel ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help when we need it. Times are tough right now and it's hard enough to not be able to give but have to receive help. The people that help out down there are nothing but compassionate to those in need and deserve praise.
Proud November 25, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Mike, You hit the nail on the head. I am embarrassed about asking for help. The people in my town are not kind to those in need, thus adding insult to injury. I lost seven pounds this week. Because I would rather starve than deal with Joe and his pimp brigade.
Proud November 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM
How many people are suffering in silence because of people like Joe, Tammy, Hank, and Danielle? If it were not for the generous support of my family, I would have surely starved long ago. Damn those who would further exploit the suffering.
Peter T. Cianelli November 25, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Joe ... Our pantry is for East Haven Residents, however we never turn away someone in need... and yes to your above question... The past few years we have seen more & more young famlies who have come in for help... its not just the old that need support, We see people from all walks of life ...
Lance Coughlin November 26, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Obama's food stamp nation. http://www.humanevents.com/2012/11/24/poverty-nation-more-people-on-food-stamps-than-population-of-24-states/
Julie Weisberg (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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