Students at Dutchess Community College are spreading joy and warmth to their communities this fall season through home-cooked meals.
On November 21st, as part of Professor Terri Burke’s Biomedical View of HIV/AIDS course, students helped prepare, cook, package and deliver nutritious and delicious meals to residents in the mid-Hudson Valley who have HIV or AIDS or are homebound for any other reason. The students partnered with Angel Food East, a group that has a long-standing history of outreach to people with HIV/AIDS and prepares and delivers 250 meals each week.
Angel Food East often fills a gap for individuals that are chronically ill and do not qualify for government assistance or those that may need help for a short period of time. Several Dutchess Community College students also signed up to volunteer with Angel Food East to help prepare and serve Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of people in the Kingston area. Additionally, students in the class also will perform a follow-up outreach day on campus as part of World AIDS Day to spread information about Angel Food East and give out important sexual health information to other students.
Across SUNY, students, faculty and administration alike are coming together to in the spirit of charity and togetherness. 30 Days of Giving is our annual tradition, which starts on Thanksgiving every year, where we reflect on efforts of the past year and highlight some of the selfless acts of that members of the SUNY community are leading. Stay tuned for more.
Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.