New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) — Wearing team jerseys student athletes from Southern Connecticut State University are giving back to the community by lending a helping hand at the Connecticut Food Bank. The volunteers unloaded an 18-wheeler packed with turkeys.
Student Athlete Lindsey Luposello said, “we are defiantly going to help out, help move a lot of turkeys and bring them to people who need them.” Nancy Carrington, President & CEO of the Connecticut Food Bank added, “I think it is particularly important to have young people to come to volunteer as it will set a model for them a pattern that they can hopefully can carry on throughout their life.”
Stop & Shop is donating over 8,000 turkeys to food banks in the area. The supermarket is kicked off the Connecticut Food Bank’s ‘Thanksgiving for all’ campaign by donating 1,000 turkeys. Arlene Putterman with Stop & Shop said, “our promise to the community is about being a better neighbor. It is so important for us to give back especially at time like this as you know hunger never goes on holiday so it’s important to us as a supermarket to give to those in need.”
Nancy Carrington said, “the turkeys donated today will be going to a mixture of food pantries, that will be giving out bags of groceries for the holiday season and some to soup kitchens which will be preparing the hot meals for thanksgiving.” The coaches said giving back to the community is part of being a student athlete. Women’s head lacrosse coach, Maureen Spellman said, “you are not just recruited as an athlete or a student, you are a student athlete and that experience and that leadership and showing responsibility and showing that it’s just not about you and giving back to the community.”