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RWU Donates 40 Thanksgiving Baskets!

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Meghan de Vries ’16, event coordinator

Roger Williams University will celebrated its 12th Annual Turkey Basket Contest this week, a beloved campus tradition in which students, faculty and staff join together to craft complete turkey dinners in creative baskets to donate to families in the East Bay.

This year, more than 40 Thanksgiving dinners, including sides, desserts and gift cards to purchase turkeys were donated to the East Bay Food Pantry on Tues., Nov. 18. The East Bay Food Pantry serves more than 5,000 local residents and families and will distribute the Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need starting early next week. EBFP expects to distribute over 400 baskets Thanksgiving baskets to families in need in November.

Led by the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the program has donated hundreds of baskets to Bristol and Warren communities over the years. Each year, departments, student clubs and organizations, and groups of faculty, staff and students submit themed baskets that contain complete Thanksgiving meals.

All 22 of RWU’s athletic varsity teams including the athletic training staff donate for the annual drive which contributes as many as 25 complete Thanksgiving meals. In addition to the meal, baskets often include other fun items such as crayons and coloring books, children’s books, card games, recipes and holiday candles. Some of the baskets have even included a holiday breakfast or have been large enough to fill a family’s pantry for an entire month.

Meghan Devries ’16 led the coordination of the Turkey Basket contest this year and started working at the East Bay Food Pantry as a Freshman. “It’s been fun to help plan the Turkey Basket contest this year. The drive is something that is especially important to me because I work at the Pantry and get to see all of the families that these donations will help.”

To learn more about the Feinstein Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement, please visit: http://rwu.edu/campus-life/career-community/fsl.

Thank you to Meghan and RWU community from all of us at EBFP – we appreciate your support so very much!