YPD Turkey Drive feeds 1,400 people

December 11, 2019

Last month, the Yale Police Department (YPD) held its fourth annual Turkey Drive. The successful drive, spearheaded by Officers Martin Parker and Martha Ross, raised over $7,300. The money was used to buy over 300 turkeys with all the trimmings—cranberry sauce, gravy, yams, and more. Thanks to everyone’s kindness and generosity, approximately 1,400 people were able to have a tasty Thanksgiving meal.

With over 100 volunteers from Yale Public Safety, and the Yale and New Haven communities, all the holiday meals were distributed. Families were able to pick up turkeys at the Wexler-Grant School in New Haven, and an additional 164 meal packages were delivered directly to families in need by first responders and volunteers.

Thanks to our partners in the New Haven Police Department, New Haven Fire Department, New Haven Firebirds, Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate, Yale African American Affinity Group, Asian Network at Yale, Yale Veterans Network, Yale Latino Networking Group, Working Women’s Network and DiversAbility at Yale, New Haven Parks and Rec, CT Knockoutz SC, the New Haven Mayor’s Office, New Haven Alders, King-Robinson Magnet School, Augusta Lewis Troup School, and Highville Charter School, who helped make this event a huge success.

Special thanks to the Yale Office of New Haven and State Affairs, New Haven Youth Services Department, Prime 16 Burgers and Tap House, Yale Hospitality, and the first responders and members of the community who supported this effort.