Housatonic Community College Helps Students at Thanksgiving

HCC hands out Thanksgiving bags to students. Left to right: Arnaldo Flores, Joel Leneker, Djimpsy Gilles, Ashanty Roman, Felisha Guirand-Fleurimond, Ashley Medina , Carlos Reinoso Jr., China Byrd, and Alexandros Valianti. (contributed photo/HCC)

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Housatonic Community College handed out turkeys and all the trimmings to 170 students last week, making the season of giving thanks a little brighter for those families.

For the third year in a row, the college’s Student Senate handed out Thanksgiving meal bags filled with holiday dinner staples such as potatoes, carrots, apples and of course, turkeys. The offering was in partnership with the Housatonic Community College Foundation sponsored food pantry.

“We know that some of our scholars experience food insecurity. We take pride in providing this nourishing Thanksgiving meal to students each year, and letting them know that their Housatonic community cares,” said Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., HCC Chief Executive Officer.

Students were also treated to a free lunch at The Melting Truck, a gourmet grilled cheese food truck on the campus courtyard. The lunch was sponsored by Reynolds + Rowella.

“Thanksgiving is a special holiday — it represents giving back and giving thanks. I’m happy Reynolds + Rowella can give back by sponsoring The Melting Truck on the Housatonic Community College campus for all students to enjoy a delicious lunch while picking up their Thanksgiving meal kits”, said Ben Maini, CPA, Tax Partner at Reynolds + Rowella and board member of the Housatonic Community College Foundation.

According to Forbes, nearly 40% of U.S. college students currently face food insecurity. The ripple effects are significant, with those students often receiving lower grades than their classmates, and tending to withdraw before completing their degree.

“Around this time of year we understand that our students may be short on funds and possibly food,” said Medgine Bright, Director of Student Activities at Housatonic Community College. “Events like today bring our students closer together, and they share how thankful they are for this support.

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