MPTC Helps Collect Thanksgiving Meals For Local Families
Forty families were able to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings this year thanks to Student Senate members from Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac campus, along with help from area businesses and generous donations from local community members. This collaborative effort was part of the “Giving for Thanksgiving” food drive.
The Student Senate’s initial goal was to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to 40 students and families residing in the Fond du Lac area. The meals were to consist of a 10- to-12 pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, a dessert item and roasting pan.
Not only was the goal met, it was surpassed.
Students collected groceries, gift cards and monetary donations on two separate Saturdays during the month of November, set up collection bins on campus and gathered donations within their student clubs. After everything was completed, the students were able to add extra items to each bag and provide can and dry good donations to the Fond du Lac Food Pantry, Men’s Shelter and the Fond du Lac Warming Shelter.
Steve Pepper, Fond du Lac campus Student Senate Community Service manager, helped organize the food drive. He said the Student Senate appreciated everyone within Moraine Park and the Fond du Lac community who helped make this event successful and the group is looking forward to feeding even more families next year.
Among other help, Pick n’ Save allowed the students to set up collection sites, and Festival Foods donated grocery bags and coordinated the purchase of the turkeys.