Saturday November 17, 2012

BENNINGTON -- Twenty turkeys and boxes filled with assorted food were divided between two community organizations Friday to be given to those in need as part of an ongoing promotion by the Bennington Banner and Hannaford Supermarkets. Story Body:

BENNINGTON -- Twenty turkeys and boxes filled with assorted food were divided between two community organizations Friday to be given to those in need as part of an ongoing promotion by the Bennington Banner and Hannaford Supermarkets. Story Body:

BENNINGTON -- Twenty turkeys and boxes filled with assorted food were divided between two community organizations Friday to be given to those in need as part of an ongoing promotion by the Bennington Banner and Hannaford Supermarkets.

Christopher Oldham, circulation marketing manager for New England Newspapers., said one turkey and food box was purchased by the Banner for every subscription sold since Nov. 1. The food was picked up by Kendy Skidmore, executive director for Bennington Coalition for the Homeless, and Lindsay Strattman, a housing case manager for outreach at BROC - Community Action in Southwestern Vermont.

The coalition distributes the turkey dinners to families in its transitional housing and those who have recently left the shelter.

"It's a huge help and I think that the families really appreciate it," Skidmore said. "It's really nice to be able to give them one of these turkeys and some food, especially if they've just gotten into their apartment.


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Each fall, BROC distributes Thanksgiving baskets to families who otherwise may not be able to afford a holiday feast. Strattman said the promotion helps make it possible for more families in the community to receive a Thanksgiving dinner.

"We've seen an increased need in food shelves over the last year so every donation that BROC gets is very helpful to us," she said.

The promotion Feed Your Mind, Feed A Family, in its third year, continues through the end of December when both organizations will again pick up feasts.