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Brotherhood-in-Action Delivered Food to 104 Bethel Families This Week for Thanksgiving

This past Saturday a total of 312 boxes of food were all lined up on long tables, ready to slide up the conveyor belt and be delivered to 104 families.

Report by Paula Antolini
November 24, 2015 3:37PM EDT

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Photo above: Brotherhood-in-Action members stand behind the 312 boxes of food ready to be delivered to needy families in Bethel. (Click on images to view larger.)

Brotherhood-in-Action Delivered Food to 104 Bethel Families This Week for Thanksgiving

Brotherhood-in-Action (BIA) is like a well-oiled machine as members collect, organize and distribute food for the needy three times a year and whenever anyone requests help too, all done with the help of town resident volunteers and BIA members.  They make it look easy but we know it is not.  It takes a lot of time, effort and muscle to get all the boxes filled and labeled properly, along with preparing matching paperwork with names and addresses on them, to give to drivers who will bring the food to all different size families in need, in Bethel, CT.

This year Tuesday, November 17th was for sorting, Wednesday, November 18th was for packing and Saturday, November 21st was for delivery.

This past Saturday a total of 312 boxes of food were all lined up on long tables, ready to slide up the conveyor belt and into cars, food to be delivered to 104 families, Brotherhood-in-Action Treasurer Paul DiMarzio said.   Various cars, with volunteers inside, pulled up behind 137 Greenwood Avenue ready to take as many boxes as their vehicle would hold, to deliver the food to families in need.

Every *recipient family received two large boxes of non-perishable food (larger families got three) and a box of produce and perishable items purchased the day of delivery, from local merchants.  Every family gets a turkey for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a ham for Easter.

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Photo above: Boxes of food all lined up ready to be delivered last Saturday.

We also spoke to BIA President Leo Gallagher and BIA Board of Director member Steve Deuschle and learned that the food comes from many different sources throughout the year.  The fresh-bought food is purchased with donated funds, Caraluzzi gives a discount, Blue Jay Orchard donates the donuts, pies and baked goods. Other donations come from food drives by the U. S. Postal Service, Four Corners, and Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter and Summer/July 4th food drives.

They said the BIA keep tabs on people in town who need food during the in-between times too and they work with Bethel Social Services closely.  Throughout the year, they respond to requests for help as needed. They provide food on a continual basis to the St. Thomas Food Pantry, which also serves the people of Bethel.

*Since BIA is a member of the CT Food Bank, all recipients must be registered with the Bethel Social Services department, (203) 794-8537 or gillenk@bethel-ct.gov.

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2015-2016 Schedule

Thanksgiving (2015)

Collection Oct. 31 – Nov. 15
Sorting Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6:30 pm
Packing Wednesday, Nov 18, 6:30 pm
Delivery Saturday, Nov 21, 9:00 am

Christmas (2015)

Collection Nov. 28 – Dec. 13
Sorting Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6:30 pm
Packing Wednesday, Dec 16, 6:30 pm
Delivery Saturday, Dec. 19, 9:00 am

Important Note!
The deadline for requests to be added to the list for Christmas food deliveries is December 13 at 4PM – no exceptions!! We purchase fresh food and produce well in advance of delivery and must close our order at this time.

Easter (2016)

Collection Feb. 27 – Mar. 20, 2016
Sorting Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 pm
Packing Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 pm
Delivery Saturday, March 26, 9:00 am

Summer (2016)

TBD

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BROTHERHOOD-IN-ACTION
Mailing Address
PO Box 582
Bethel, CT 06801
Food Collection/Distribution
137 Greenwood Avenue
Bethel, CT 06801
info@biabethel.org
Please note that their charter only allows them to assist Bethel residents!  If you do not live in Bethel, please contact your local social services program.

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