The “Gift of Gobble” program is a staple in KBE’s award-winning community outreach initiative, 50 Ways to Make a Difference. Each year, KBE partners with several community service agencies, food banks, and grocery stores in Connecticut and Maryland to provide families in need with the fixings for a full Thanksgiving meal.
This year, KBE employees and their families gathered together on Saturday, November 17th to assemble and donate 168 meal boxes. Each box included the ingredients for a full Thanksgiving meal, with a turkey, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, beans, potatoes, yams, rolls, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and a roasting pan.
The meals were delivered to several donation spots in Connecticut, including the Crystal Lake Food Pantry in Ellington, the Food Bank at Access Community Action Agency in Danielson, Farmington Community Services, the Catholic Charities of Hartford, the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, the Columbus House in New Haven, and the Fish Food Pantry in Torrington. Several turkeys were also delivered to the Hockanum Valley/Tri Town Pantry in Vernon.
Employees of the Maryland office, in conjunction with Harris Teeter, who gave a generous food donation, assembled 25 boxes. The meals were delivered to two Maryland charities, Sarah’s House, an organization run by Catholic Charities that provides shelter and food for up to 125 people per day, and the Bea Gaddy Family Center, an organization that was named after a former Baltimore city councilwoman and provides medical care and food throughout the year.
Watch the video below to see Simon Etzel and Jonelle Lawhorn discuss the “Gift of Gobble” program with WFSB.