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All Hands on Deck!


In 2011, Middlesex United Way and the Liberty Bank Foundation assembled a large cross-sector team to ensure that Thanksgiving baskets would continue to be delivered to those in need in the Middletown area. Today, it’s a huge operation, mobilizing dozens of government agencies, businesses, nonprofits and faith organizations to source, assemble and deliver 1,000 soup-to-nuts Thanksgiving meals to neighbors in need.

On Monday, November 20, over 100 volunteers, including 15 from Liberty Bank, manned the assembly line at Fellowship Church to fill baskets. On Tuesday, about 900 families requesting Thanksgiving baskets were part of a drive-through procession, picking up those baskets. For the 100 families that were unable to drive to the church, Middletown Rotarians made home deliveries.

Below are all the Middletown-area partners — providing food, materials, transportation, and volunteer support — that joined together to pull off this complex event. In addition, a special shout-out goes to Lara Santa Maria of the Fellowship Church for managing this massive undertaking.

  • ABC Women’s Center
  • ACT Group
  • Adelbrook Community Services
  • Agway
  • Aldi’s
  • Amazing Grace Food Pantry
  • Arcadis
  • Central CT Pediatric Dentistry
  • Change Inc
  • Charles IT Church of the Holy Trinity
  • City Church
  • City of Middletown
  • Community Health Center
  • Congregation Adath Israel
  • Connecticut Valley Hospital
  • Cross Street AME Zion
  • Dattco
  • Elks Lodge #771
  • ES Racing Enthusiasts
  • Exquisite Hairstyles
  • Faith Lutheran
  • Fellowship Church
  • First Church Of Christ
  • Gotta’s Farm
  • Harding Development Group
  • The Herd
  • Heritage Commons
  • Illiano’s
  • Inn at Middletown
  • Jackson Chevrolet
  • Jukonski Trucking
  • Kiwanis
  • Lan Chi’s Vietnamese Restaurant
  • Lawrence School
  • Libery Bank Foundation
  • Luther Ridge
  • Mahoney High School
  • Mercy High School
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Middlesex Hospital
  • Middlesex United Way
  • Middletown Area Transit
  • Middletown Police Department
  • Middletown Public Schools
  • Neighborhood Preschool
  • One McDonough Place
  • Orthopedic Associates of Middletown
  • Penske
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Price Chopper
  • Re/Max Edge
  • Rotary Club of Middletown
  • Sabol & Co
  • Salvation Army
  • Scott’s Orchard Glastonbury
  • Seasons Federal Credit Union
  • ServePro
  • South Congregational Church
  • St. Luke’s Community Services
  • St. Luke’s Apartments
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • Stew Leonards
  • Stor-U-Self Portland
  • Suburban Stationers
  • Sysco
  • Tri Town Food
  • Two Guys In Jackets
  • Village at South Farms
  • Wadsworth Glen Health Care
  • Water’s Edge Rehab
  • Weslyan Dining by Bon Appetit
  • Wesleyan University
  • Windshire Terrace
  • Wright-Pierce
  • Xavier High School
  • YMCA Middletown
  • Youngs Printing