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The Hometown Foundation & Bozzuto’s to Donate Thanksgiving Turkeys to The Connection

More Than a Dozen Supportive Housing Residences Received 45 Turkeys

Many Connecticut residents struggling with homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, and recovery had a warm turkey meal this Thanksgiving thanks to Bozzuto’s Inc. Through its charitable arm, The Hometown Foundation, the Cheshire-based food wholesale distributor donated 45 fresh turkeys to The Connection, which distributed them to its supportive housing residences across the state.

The Hometown Foundation’s ‘Dream Ride Experience’ decorated van delivered the fresh turkeys from Bozzuto’s on Tuesday, November 15th at 100 Roscommon Drive, Middletown. Bozzutos, Inc. and Hometown Foundation staff were on hand to help deliver the turkeys to The Connection program managers and clients. The Dream Ride Experience (dreamride.org) is one of the largest fundraisers for Special Olympics and other charities, raising more than $6.2 million since 2002.

“The Hometown Foundation’s mission includes supporting our communities and its residents in need. We have a long history of donating food where it is needed most,” Bozzuto’s Inc. President and CEO Michael A. Bozzuto said. “Being able to donate a holiday meal – a nourishing resource and a gathering focal point for many families during the holidays – is a very special way of giving back.”

For more than 40 years, The Connection has been one of Connecticut’s leading private, non-profit human service and community development agencies offering unique solutions to the problems of homelessness, mental illness, substance use and community justice rehabilitation. The Connection’s statewide programs reunite families, break the generational cycles of abuse and neglect and create stronger and safer communities.

“We are very grateful for this turkey donation from Bozzuto’s, Inc.,” said Lisa DeMatteis-Lepore, Interim CEO at The Connection. “Our many clients will now be able to enjoy a delicious turkey dinner on this special holiday.”

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to supporting the community in conjunction with Bozzuto’s Inc. and its IGA retailers. Founded in 2002, the Hometown Foundation, Inc. supports six core community needs: the military, children in need, intellectual disabilities, life threatening illness, emergency response personnel, and animal welfare. Through its signature event, The Dream Ride Experience, The Hometown Foundation has raised more than $6.2 million for Special Olympics and other charities as well as donated police K-9s to area law enforcement agencies. For more information visit www.hometownfoundation.org and www.dreamride.org.

Bozzuto’s Inc., founded and family-owned since 1945, is one of New England’s largest total service wholesale distributors based in Cheshire, Connecticut. For more than 66 years, Bozzuto’s provides goods and services to independently owned retailers. As a company, we understand our customers’ success depends on our effectiveness and efficiencies as procurement and distribution specialists. Our state-of-the-art distribution centers use the latest technology designed to maximize customer service and offer the most in product variety. Visit www.Bozzutos.com

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