Give Thanks With a Turkey

November 13, 2017

Senator John A. Kissel joins volunteers and members of the Enfield Food Shelf to package and distribute food for the holiday season.

By: Senator John A. Kissel

 While it is hard to believe, with the warm weather we have been enjoying, we have crossed the calendar threshold into November and have started to look forward to Thanksgiving. During this season of giving thanks I thought it was important to highlight ways in which we can all get involved in the community and help those in need. This week I wanted to highlight the Enfield Food Shelf and the great work they do within our community.

Starting in 1968 the Enfield Food Shelf volunteers have collected, prepared and distributed food to thousands of families. Each week the food shelf offers adults and children food that has been donated through the generosity of the community.

In addition to the typically donated items the Enfield Food Shelf is in need of holiday specific donations for the upcoming holiday season.

Here are some items that are needed:

  • Frozen turkeys, 12-15 pounds in size
  • Stuffing
  • Boxes of instant potatoes
  • Cans of yams
  • Cans of vegetables
  • Cans of pie filling
  • Pie crust
  • Cake mixes
  • Frosting
  • Cranberry sauces
  • Condiments

 Donations may be brought to the Enfield Food Shelf at 96 Alden Avenue during the following hours:

  • Mondays, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays/Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you prefer, monetary donations are both welcomed and appreciated. These donations may be brought to the Enfield Food Shelf or mailed to P.O. Box 699, Enfield, Conn. 06083.

To learn more about the Enfield Food Shelf and ways to make a contribution or get involved, visit or call, 860-741-7321.