Lindsey Wilson Campus Kitchen Third-Annual Turkey Palooza Allows Students To Give Back
Lindsey Wilson Campus Kitchen Third-Annual Turkey Palooza Allows Students to Give Back To The Community
By LWC PR Intern Kia Milam
COLUMBIA, KY. -- Lindsey Wilson College students dedicated their Saturday afternoon to providing Thanksgiving meals to the food insecure of Columbia-Adair County before heading home for the holiday.
LWC students were joined by college staff for the third-annual Turkey Palooza, an event organized each year by LWC Campus Kitchen. Two dozen volunteers from the LWC campus community served 56 individuals on Saturday.
In her first year as Bonner Scholar Coordinator and Director of LWC Campus Kitchen Lainie Phelps said Turkey Palooza is a way for the college to give back to the community they call home.
“Turkey Palooza provides a traditional holiday dinner to people who might not otherwise get a meal on Thanksgiving,” said Phelps. “Every family got enough food for a full Thanksgiving meal plus an extra bag of food. I couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome."
The bags of food delivered on Saturday included Thanksgiving staples like ham, rolls, a 5 pound bag of potatoes, stuffing, corn, green beans and peas. Students also lead a bake shift and baked enough cookies for each client to receive at least one for each person in the family.
LWC business administration senior and Campus Kitchen Administration Manager Jamie Bratcher from Louisville, Ky., said Turkey Palooza would not be possible without the generous support from the community and business partners.
“We were blown away by the support and number of people that contacted us to donate,” said Bratcher. “We went to IGA of Columbia and purchased the bags filled with the Thanksgiving items. None of this could have happened without donations from Lindsey Wilson, the community and from our grocery partner, IGA.”
LWC Campus Kitchen is a student-run organization that relies on food donations from businesses and the community to serve more than 60 people in Columbia-Adair County each week. In 2017, more than 30 students volunteered with LWC Campus Kitchen to recover a total of 4,041 pounds of food. For more information on how you can help LWC Campus Kitchen email email@example.com or call 270-384-7469.
PICTURED: From left: Bonner Scholar Coordinator Lainie Phelps; Campus Kitchen Student Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for Online Programs Leigh Dews; Charleigh Dews from Columbia; psychophysiology senior Kristen Hoehler from Louisville, Ky.; history and English senior Kaitlyn Jackson from Eubank, Ky.; elementary education senior and Campus Kitchen Student Coordinator Logan McMahan from Elizabethtown, Ky.; and business administration senior and Campus Kitchen Administration Manager Jamie Bratcher from Louisville, Ky. More than 25 bags of holiday grocery staples were made possible because of donations from the college community, the Columbia-Adair County community and event partner, IGA of Columbia.
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