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How do you help feed a community for Thanksgiving?

Twenty turkeys, 100 pounds of mashed potatoes, 50 pounds of sweet potatoes, 80 pounds of stuffing and 25 pounds of assorted vegetables … and, of course, gravy – more than five gallons of it!

Suffolk County Community College’s Culinary Arts program students and volunteers today prepared about 200 Thanksgiving dinners for Community Action Southold Town’s Greenport food pantry in what has become an annual celebratory undertaking for the college’s culinary program and its students, faculty and CAST volunteers.

This year’s happy undertaking marks the 11th year that dozens of the college’s culinary students and faculty volunteered their culinary expertise to execute the holiday cooking for neighbors in the community.

Students from the culinary and baking, hospitality, dietetic technician and licensed practical nursing programs, joined faculty chefs, college staff and administrators and community volunteers to prepare and individually package Thanksgiving meals whose ingredients are provided by CAST.

This is the third year Suffolk’s Culinary program has worked with CAST, a not-for-profit that has worked in Southold Town since 1965 to help low-income residents meet basic needs in the areas of nutrition, employment, energy, and education. CAST exists as a safety net for Southold Town families from Laurel to Orient Point, including Fishers Island. The majority of CAST’s funding comes from the generosity of the community.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.