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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2013


    November 24, 2013

    Ocean County Vocational Technical School Students Prepare Thanksgiving Meals for Ocean County Families in Need
    Jean Sullivian, November 24, 2013

    Caption: Culinary students prepair thanksgiving meals for families in need..


    BRICK, NEW JERSEY- Students and staff at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School's Brick Center are once again working hard to ensure that Ocean County families in need will enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. OCVTS Culinary Arts students prepared 2000 Thanksgiving which will be distributed through Ocean County social service agencies.

    Fundraising efforts by Brick Center students, faculty and staff to collect food items and cash donations fund this annual community service project which began about 15 years ago. A grant awarded to the project from the Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education helps purchase additional supplies.

    This week Culinary Arts students from the Brick Center, under the direction of their Culinary Arts instructors, prepared and roasted over 136 turkeys, as well as preparing traditional side dishes including: mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, stuffing and gravy. Meals will be packaged and distributed on Wednesday to local social service agencies identified by the Ocean County Hunger Relief program, such as the Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), Preferred Behavioral Health, and Dottie's House.

    When this community service project began about 38 meals were distributed. Over the years the demand has grown and with it the determination of the students and staff to help as many people as possible.

    What does it take to prepare 2,000 Thanksgiving meals?

    2000 lbs. of turkey, 426 lbs. of potatoes, 500 lbs. of stuffing, 400 lbs. of yams, 300 lbs. of green beans, 50 gallons of gravy, 300 holiday pies.

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