Hartford and Tolland County Families to Have Thanksgiving Dinner with Turkey and All the Trimmings This Holiday

November 15, 2016

UnitedHealthcare volunteers collected holiday food items donated by Hartford employers and residents as part of Foodshare's annual "Turkey Tuesday" Thanksgiving food drive, held at UnitedHealthcare's 185 Asylum Street office. More than 600 turkeys and 1,634 pounds of food was collected during the four-hour food and funds drive, which will be given to more than 15,000 families in Hartford and Tolland counties. (PHOTO CREDIT: Alan Grant, Digital Creations)

  • More than 600 turkeys and 1,634 pounds of food collected at Foodshare's Hartford "Turkey Tuesday" drive, hosted by Bank of America, Stop and Shop and UnitedHealthcare
  • Foodshare to continue accepting turkeys and other food through Tuesday, Nov. 22, for hungry families in time for Thanksgiving

More than 15,000 families in Hartford and Tolland counties will be able to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the generosity of Hartford employers and residents who stopped by 185 Asylum St. this morning to drop off turkeys and other holiday food items, and donate money for additional meals.

Over the course of the four-hour "Turkey Tuesday" food and fund drive, hundreds of people dropped off turkeys, stuffing, cranberry sauce and other holiday food items. The food will be distributed to families in need in Hartford and Tolland counties.

"Thanksgiving is a holiday for everyone. We want to thank everyone who has stepped up to help our friends and neighbors celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving next week. We are also grateful for the many people who recognize that hunger is a year-round issue, and have been able to make an additional financial gift," said James Arena-DeRosa, president and CEO of Foodshare. "A special thank you to our friends at Bank of America, Stop and Shop and UnitedHealthcare for their ongoing support."

Foodshare will continue to collect and distribute food for Thanksgiving until Tuesday, Nov. 22. The food bank's Bloomfield distribution center is accepting donations and has extended its hours of operation beginning Wednesday, Nov. 16. For more information on how to help, or for a list of food donation sites, visit  

"Organizations like Foodshare help make our communities stronger by supporting families in need," said Kevin Cunningham, president, State of Connecticut, Bank of America. "Through the dedication of our volunteers and partners at Turkey Tuesday, more than 15,000 local families will be able to share a nice meal together this Thanksgiving."

"UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to partner with Foodshare, Bank of America and Stop and Shop so families can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings," said Craig LaFiandra of UnitedHealthcare.

UnitedHealthcare and Optum employee volunteers helped gather donations and load the Foodshare truck with turkeys and other food donations, and UnitedHealthcare conducted its own food drive among its more than 2,000 Hartford-based employees at its 185 Asylum St. office.

About Foodshare

Foodshare is Greater Hartford's regional food bank, working to nourish our neighbors every, single day by increasing access to healthy food. In addition to providing 11.5 million meals worth of food through 300 local programs each year, Foodshare is building collaborative partnerships across the region and advocating on behalf of those we serve, to help stabilize lives with one goal in mind—building a stronger and healthier Greater Hartford for us all. Join the movement today by visiting

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's leading financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 47 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 4,700 retail financial centers, approximately 16,100 ATMs, and award-winning online banking with 32 million active users and more than 18 million mobile users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 3 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and more than 35 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

About UnitedHealthcare

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members, retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more information, visit UnitedHealthcare at or follow @myUHC on Twitter.