Plymouth State University Provides Thanksgiving Meals to Those in Need
Plymouth State’s annual Thanksgiving Basket Project helps food insecure and elderly residents in the greater Plymouth area.
As we enter into the holiday season, Plymouth State University (PSU) faculty, staff, students, and alumni are getting into the holiday spirit by giving back. PSU is conducting their annual Thanksgiving Basket Project on Monday, November 20, 2017. In 2016, the project served 522 meals to local residents in need. It’s anticipated that this year PSU faculty, staff, and students along with alumni from the Phi Beta Upsilon fraternity will again pack and deliver more than 500 baskets to Plymouth residents and residents of 9 surrounding towns.
The project is made possible by the generous support of alumni from the Phi Beta Upsilon fraternity. This year marks the 8th year the alumni group has been involved, their contributions totaling to over $19,000.
“This yearly project is a great opportunity for the students of PSU to meet residents in the community that is hosting them and show they care,” said Katherine Tardif, PSU’s Catholic Campus Minister, who coordinates the project along with United Campus Ministry. “It’s also a way for community members to meet some of the wonderful students in their midst”.
In past years, upwards of 60 students volunteered to prepare baskets and Tardiff anticipates the number will only grow. This holiday season, PSU students are paying it forward in several ways, showing their gratitude through a pilot program called “Swipe it Forward” which allows them to donate a meal swipe in Prospect Dining Hall to another student who may be facing food insecurity. In the first day of the program more than 400 meals were donated and 6 hungry students were gifted meals for the week.
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