Members of the Putnam Police Department and TEEG move food collected Nov. 21 from the police pickup truct to the TEEG truck. Linda Lemmon photo.

The annual Handcuff Hunger Food Drive, hosted by the Putnam Police Department and the Connecticut State Police brought in truckloads of food and quite a bit of cash Nov. 21 and 22.
The food was picked up by TEEG and then distributed immediately. The cash was used to buy more Thanksgiving food.
The Putnam Police Department, collecting in front of the Price Chopper Supermarket on Kennedy Drive collected $3,558.84 in cash, checks and gift cards. They also collected 184 turkeys and six hams. Putnam Police said they’ve been doing this food drive “for longer than we can remember.”
TEEG officials said they collected thousands of pounds of food. They didn’t stop to weigh it — it was distributed immediately to TEEG, Daily Bread and the Pomfret Food Bank.
The Putnam Police had 7 volunteers at Price Chopper on Nov. 21 and 22 and the State Police had one representative on Nov. 21 at Stop & Shop Supermarkets in Putnam and in Killingly.
The State Police, at last count, had collected 76 turkeys.


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