Chester, Pa. – Students in the Widener University Center for Hospitality Management want to make sure Chester families have access to a delicious Thanksgiving meal. To do that, the students are preparing and serving a feast on Wednesday, Nov. 22 for as many as 200 people at the Salvation Army in Chester.

The meal has been an annual tradition for hospitality management students for over a decade. This year, approximately 30 students – a mix of seniors in the co-op program and first-year students in the “Introduction to Hospitality Management” class – are fundraising to purchase food, planning the full menu, calculating ingredients and preparing the meal in advance.

“The students are preparing everything you can think of from stuffing and yams to turkey, pies and homemade apple sauce,” said Dr. Joy Dickerson, an associate professor in the Center for Hospitality Management in the Widener School of Business Administration. “But it’s so much more than just serving a meal – it’s an unforgettable experience that is transformational for the students.”

Members of the media are invited to attend the feast at the Salvation Army. Can’t make it Wednesday? Students will be preparing food for the feast on Main Campus in Chester on Monday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please contact Assistant Director of Communications Jessica Reyes at 610-499-4244 or jmreyes@widener.edu if you plan to attend either day.

WHO Widener University Hospitality Management Students

WHAT Thanksgiving Feast for the Salvation Army

WHERE Salvation Army, 151 W 15th Street, Chester, PA

WHEN Wednesday, Nov. 22; 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHY Widener students will experience first-hand the importance of “giving” by preparing a hearty Thanksgiving meal for Chester families at the Salvation Army.