Several families in York, Chester and Lancaster counties received
an unexpected, yet special delivery, just in time for Thanksgiving. The
beautifully fall-inspired wrapped baskets – all topped with handmade bows - were full of food items that complete a
traditional Thanksgiving feast. Each family also received a voucher for the
meal’s main attraction – a turkey.
The baskets – 37 in all – were donated by York Technical
College and were distributed to families through Carolina Community Actions, Inc. Now
in its second year, the service project is a campus-wide initiative in which 34
departments, programs and student organizations participated this year.
“As a community partner with York, Chester and Lancaster
counties, we are invested, not just in economic impact, but in how we
contribute to the quality of life to the individuals and families who call
these communities home. We find it an honor to serve the recipients of these
baskets, knowing that we are helping to make a difference,” said Melanie E.
Jones, vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of
the York Technical College Foundation.
The baskets help stretch the budget of cash-strapped
families who often must make a tough decision this time of year - buy food for
Thanksgiving or use the money for necessities like medication or paying a bill.
“We are delighted that York Technical College has partnered
again this year with Carolina Community Actions, Inc. We rely on such partnerships to
help us meet some of the needs that are in the community,” said Diane Wells,
community outreach program manager.
“Our customers were
extremely grateful for the baskets. Many of them are on limited to fixed
income. The food helps to supplement the already tight budget at the end of the
Each basket was filled with
fixings such as green beans, rice, stuffing, rolls, boxed macaroni and cheese
and dessert. Many of the baskets were customized with breakfast items,
nutritious snacks personal care items, and even Thanksgiving decor.
In true York Tech spirit of
giving, the College accepted a surplus of food. The items were donated to Manna
House Pantry operated by Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, located in Rock Hill.
Through its food bank, the church distributes weekly food to families in Rock