by jamesc 7/7/2014 4:34:10 PM --
NORFOLK – Approximately 30 students are living in the Northeast Community College residence halls on the Norfolk campus over the summer months. Once a week they are being treated to what may be considered as a ‘gourmet meal’ compared to their regular diet of frozen and/or fast food.
“Food service on campus is limited over the summer with the cafeteria closed and dining plans not available, said Amy Kaiser, president of the Northeast Professional/Managerial (PM) Association. “Because many of these students have limited financial resources and transportation opportunities, the chance of a nice meal is not always easily available.”
Kaiser said members of the PM Association came up with the idea of the “Mid-Week Meal” plan at a meeting this spring. “We asked the campus community to support these students with at least one hot meal a week on Wednesdays. And true to form, our employees have come through!” She said employees of a particular division of the college have signed up to provide food during their assigned week.
The Wednesday “Mid-Week Meals” program began June 4 and runs through August 13. Food items have included sloppy joes, pulled pork, tacos, pasta dishes, roast beef and potatoes, baked potato bar items, and ham & scalloped potatoes, among others. Fruits, vegetables, desserts and paper plates and napkins are also provided. The meals are left in the lobby area of Burkhardt and Simon Halls, which includes a small kitchenette.
“The generosity of our employees goes a long way for some of these students,” Kaiser said. “This project has been a huge success and I’m proud to be associated with a group of co-workers who are so generous and caring.”
Northeast Community College Service Center employees organize a meal they and their co-workers have prepared for students living in the College’s residence halls over the summer. Employees across the College’s Norfolk campus are taking part in the “Mid-Week Meals” program this summer. Pictured (from left) are Kenny Wurdinger, Tom Wiese, Sarah Bauermeister, and Karina Langlois.