Westchester Community College Delivers Over 250 Thanksgiving Dinners
Westchester Community College (WCC) held its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Giveaway. Over 250 students were provided with free turkeys, side dishes and a $30 gift card to Shoprite.
This was the 8th year of the Turkey Giveaway. The number of students served by the Turkey Giveaway has more than doubled over the past two years. One significant difference this year is that over 100 of the student recipients – due to financial hardships or concerns about taking mass transit due to the pandemic – had their food delivered by volunteer WCC employees and supporters.
The event was hosted by the Department of Student Support Services with support from the WCC Foundation, Department of Student Involvement, Personal Counseling Department, Security and FSA Dining. The Westchester County (NY) Chapter of The Links Incorporate donated meal trimmings from Fresh Direct to complement the turkeys from DeCicco & Sons, and Shoprite supplemented their gift card donations.
“Many of our students are struggling this year due to COVID-19, dealing with job loss, financial hardship, food insecurity, childcare, health issues and loss of loved ones,” said Sophia Piñeiro, Assistant Director of Student Support Services and organizer of this year’s giveaway. “It was wonderful to see so many in our community come together to support those of our students in need. This has been such a difficult year for so many, and you could see the gratitude and joy on the faces of those we served.”
About Westchester Community College
Westchester Community College provides over 24,000 full-time and part-time students with an education taught by award-winning faculty at one of the lowest tuition rates in New York State. The college offers over 60 degree and certificate programs, including innovative programs in such high-demand fields as Cybersecurity, Health Information Technology, Respiratory Therapy, and Digital Filmmaking. The college reflects the rich diversity of its region and was the first SUNY campus to be designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.