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2018 Thanksgiving Drive

Let’s set the table!

It’s a sad fact that, even in this land of plenty, many of our neighbors do not have a happy holiday to look forward to. Almost 1/5 of the kids in our state are in households that are “food insecure”—in other words, their parents must choose between feeding their kids or paying other expenses like rent, utilities, or transportation. And more than 432,000 households of our Connecticut neighbors rely on food stamps.



The Goal: Ensure that everyone in our communities sits down to a bountiful feast on Thanksgiving Day.
The Team:  Liberty Bank, the Liberty Bank Foundation, 41 Rotary Clubs — and YOU!
How It Works: Right after Columbus Day, our Liberty branches and Rotary partners start raising money for Thanksgiving food. Our foundation kicks in an additional 25 cents for every dollar raised — and our Rotary friends distribute the funds to local agencies that give Thanksgiving baskets to families in their towns.

Since we started doing this in 2004, we’ve raised more than $2 million to feed our neighbors on Thanksgiving. Please help us achieve another record-breaking drive in 2018!

See the results of the recordbreaking 2017 drive, and browse our past Thanksgiving Drive photo gallery.

“Our goal is to mobilize communities to make sure there’s turkey on the table for all of our neighbors again this year.  We couldn’t ask for better partners in that effort than our local Rotary Clubs.” 
– Chandler Howard, President and CEO, Liberty Bank

Get social, and help promote the drive!

The more buzz we can generate about the drive, the more money we’ll raise. Don’t forget to Like and tag us on your social media accounts! Be sure to include these hashtags in your posts; that way, they’ll also appear in Liberty Bank’s feeds.






Oct. 9  First day for donations to be accepted at all Liberty branches
Nov. 17  Last day for donations to be accepted at branches
Nov. 19  Matching funds deposited into Rotary accounts by noon
Nov. 21  Deadline for Rotary Clubs to distribute food or present checks to social service agencies

Resources for Rotary Clubs

These are downloadable marketing materials you can use to promote the Thanksgiving Drive within your club and at your fundraising events. If you aren’t able to print these items yourself, just contact Toral Maher and she will send them to your nearest Liberty branch for pickup.

Thank you to our participating clubs and community partners!
Ansonia Rotary Club
Beacon Falls Rotary Club
Branford Rotary Club
Bristol Rotary Club
Cheshire Rotary Club
Chester Rotary Club
Clinton Rotary Club
Colchester Rotary Club
Deep River Rotary Club
Derby/Shelton Rotary Club
East Hampton Rotary Club
Rotary Club of Essex
Groton/Ledyard Rotary Club
Hamden Rotary Club
Kensington/Berlin Sunrise
  Rotary Club
Madison Rotary Club
Meriden Rotary Club
Middletown Rotary Club
Montville Rotary
Mystic Rotary Club
Naugatuck Rotary Club
New Britain/Berlin
  Rotary Club
New Haven Rotary Club
New London Rotary Club
Newington Rotary Club
Niantic Rotary Club
North Haven Rotary Club
Norwich Rotary Club
Old Saybrook Rotary Club
Plainville Rotary Club
Seymour/Oxford Rotary Club
Southington Rotary Club
Rotary Club of the Stoningtons
Tribury Rotary Club
  of Woodbury/Southbury
Wallingford Rotary Club
Waterbury Rotary Club
Waterford Rotary Club
West Hartford Rotary Club
Wethersfield/Rocky Hill
  Rotary Club
Willimantic Rotary Club
East Haddam Lions Club