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FUEL NKU will offer to-go Thanksgiving meals for students

November 24, 2020


Emerson Swoger

FUEL NKU is located in Albright Health Center 104.

FUEL NKU will provide to-go Thanksgiving meals for students at the Student Union tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m, according to a recent campus-wide email. This is the third annual Thanksgiving celebration for FUEL NKU in an attempt to service the nearly 200 students staying on or near campus through the holidays.

According to Dr. Jessica Averitt Taylor, FUEL NKU founder, this service is essential to the campus community, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The holiday season is right around the corner, and the pandemic has brought an increase in food insecurities on campus,” Taylor said. “No one should be hungry, especially on a day that typically celebrates time with loved ones. We will be ready outside the Student Union with meals ready for you to grab and go.”

FUEL NKU collaborated with multiple partners in the community to organize these meals.

The Kroger Co. provided turkey for 200 meals and Busken Bakery donated pumpkin pies. Chartwells, NKU’s external food services partner, will provide an array of side items and help with coordinating the event logistics. 

Along with the to-go meals, students can also request other food and essentials to support them through the upcoming Thanksgiving and winter break.

Since 2016, FUEL NKU has welcomed 15,067 visits and provided 85,706 pounds of food and toiletries to students over the last year.

The Thanksgiving celebration dinner is free and open to all NKU students. For more information, visit FUEL NKU’s website.

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