Eastern Michigan University event delivers Thanksgiving meals to those in need

YPSILANTI, Mich. – More than 1,000 community members will receive early Thanksgiving meals through the “Thankful For You” event on Wednesday, November 16.

Organized by the Hundley Foundation, Eastern Michigan University and Chartwells Higher Education, the two-part “Thankful For You” event will feature meals delivered by community partners and a Thanksgiving feast on the Eastern campus.

EMU President James Smith, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hundley Foundation, Samuel Estes and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels will join volunteers in distributing meals to those in need.

“I am excited to partner with my alma mater and Chartwells to lead such an important mission in spreading the joy of celebration and providing hot meals to those in need,” Estes said in a release. “It’s an absolute privilege to come back home to Metro Detroit and provide these much-needed meals to the less fortunate and let them know we’re here for them.”

Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Eastern’s Family Empowerment Program, Ypsilanti Housing Commission, Ypsilanti Senior Center, and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels will receive meals to give to community members

At 4 p.m., there’s a traditional Thanksgiving feast on the EMU campus, along with a holiday cooking demo, raffles, and a canned food ride.

The EMU event is part of the national annual “Thank-Ful” event supported by Chartwells, a national food service management company that supports Ypsilanti University’s dining options.

“At EMU, we are always looking for ways to interact with our larger campus community, and Thank-Ful is a great time to express our gratitude to one another,” Chartwells District Manager Ali Duceatt said in the release. “Thank-Ful gives students a unique opportunity to give thanks for what they have, celebrate their community and share with those in need through food-centric give-back activities. This year, the impact will be even greater thanks to the generosity and spirit of the Hundley Foundation.”

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