While many residents were busy earlier putting together a shopping list for Thanksgiving dinner, volunteers and staff at the Connecticut Food Bank warehouse on Lindwood Avenue were putting together food lists of their own.

These lists, however, had notations like "125 turkeys," as area churches, food pantries and soup kitchens prepared for the coming holiday with food supplied by the food bank.

Some of the beneficiaries planned to use the food to fill shopping bags with everything needed for a home-cooked holiday meal, while others were picking up food for community dinners.

It's estimated about 6,500 turkeys would be distributed through the food bank's Fairfield warehouse this year, down from a peak of about 8,500 two years ago. The drop isn't from a lack of need, though, but because of declining donations, according to food bank staff.

The Connecticut Food Bank is a private, non-profit that works with corporations, community groups and individuals to solicit, transport, warehouse and distribute donated food. It is a member of Feeding America.

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More photos online To view more photos of Thanksgiving preparations at the Connecticut Foodbank's Fairfield warehouse, visit www.fairfieldcitizenonline.com.