MIDDLEBURY-WOODBURY-SOUTHBURY — As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, the Tribury Rotary is among the 45 local Rotary Clubs teaming up with Liberty Bank to make sure that everyone in central, eastern, and shoreline Connecticut can enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving meal.

The bank’s 60 branch offices will accept donations on behalf of Rotarians through November 21.

Every dollar donated at a Liberty office will be matched with 25 cents from Liberty.

Rotary Clubs will withdraw the funds on November 23 and either purchase and deliver food for needy families or donate the funds to a local human services agency that provides Thanksgiving food.

Since it began in 2004, the Liberty Bank/Rotary Club Thanksgiving Dinner Drive has raised more than $3 million to supply holiday meals to residents of the towns served by the bank.

Last year’s drive raised more than $450,000 and was matched with almost $115,000 from the Liberty Bank Foundation, for a total of over $565,000.

This year, with the dramatic increase in food insecurity generated by the pandemic, the goal is to raise a combined total of $800,000.

“We’ve all seen on TV the long lines of cars at Rentschler Field waiting for food,” said Sue Murphy, executive director of the Liberty Bank Foundation. “With 47% of Connecticut residents having experienced a loss in work-related income due to the pandemic, more people than ever are struggling to put their daily food on the table—much less a Thanksgiving feast. With the help of our Rotary partners and a generous public, we can change that. Our goal is to raise enough money not just to provide Thanksgiving food, but to stock our food pantries for the winter.”

Rotary is a global network of more than 1.2 million volunteer leaders who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.

There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.

Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

As signified by the motto “Service Above Self,” Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

More information about the Tribury Rotary Club is available at triburyrotaryclub.org.

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