The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County announces an emergency community challenge. There are record numbers of those in need of food this Thanksgiving. Immediate action must be taken in order to fulfill the needs of 10,000 requests for turkeys from the agencies and nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton. Last week, the Food Bank had only 1,000 turkeys in their freezer.

As the only food bank that serves our area, The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County's executive director, Kate Lombardo, decided to first reach out to the business community that lends her support throughout the year.

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"The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County is incredibly fortunate that we have strong support in our community. Year round, we know we can always count on certain businesses to step up and generously find creative ways to help us fulfill the needs of those who otherwise might go hungry," she said. "When I realized that we had an unexpected snowstorm, a poor economic atmosphere, increased requests and little time left, I turned to one of our strongest supporters, NAGI Jewelers. The Osta family creates events and fundraisers throughout the year for us and we know if we need help they will always be there for us."

"We are honored and humbled that The Food Bank reached out to us. As a family-owned business NAGI Jewelers is committed to our community. For over 31 years, Fairfield County has allowed us to do what we love and pursue our dreams," Nagi Osta, owner of NAGI Jewelers, said. "We know we are very fortunate to be able to support a host of worthwhile causes in our community. The holidays are a special time for our family and we are pleased to be able to donate 310 turkeys in honor of our 31st anniversary to launch The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County's Community Countdown Challenge. We hope other businesses and individuals will hear about this need and donate as well.

In addition, NAGI Jewelers will collect cash donations, food and turkeys at their store located at 828 High Ridge Road in Stamford for The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County throughout the holiday season. Each person making a donation will receive a chance to win a special holiday prize.

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County is also in need of basic food supplies. The pantry is not even half full.

For more information about The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County visit www.foodbanklfc.org.