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The Campus Kitchen at W&L Presents Annual Turkeypalooza The Bring Your Turkey to Work Day and the University Store’s food drive help provide Thanksgiving meals to the community.

Seniors and Turkeypalooza volunteers Maddie Simko and Catherine Peabody pose with President Dudley on campus.

The Campus Kitchen Leadership Team at Washington and Lee University presents its annual Turkeypalooza: A Family Table Gathering Event from Nov. 9-15.

The Campus Kitchen Leadership Team (CKLT) runs a variety of holiday-themed events during the month of November. The annual Bring Your Turkey to Work Day and the University Store’s food drive provides CKLT with enough food to deliver Thanksgiving meals across the county.

“Turkeypalooza is one of my favorite events because we all get to work together to bring so many individuals and families in our community a nice, Thanksgiving meal,” said Maddie Simko ’19.

If you’re interested in joining the CKLT during Turkeypalooza, see the full schedule below:

  • Nov. 9 | Bring Your Turkey to Work Day (in the Quad) | 8-9:30 a.m.
  • Nov .10 | Kroger Food Drive| 8-10 a.m.
  • Nov. 11 | Cooking Shift | 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 11 | BV Delivery Shift | 5-6 p.m.
  • Nov. 12 | Cooking Shift | 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 13 | Glasgow Delivery | 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 13 | Cooking Shift | 9-10:30 a.m., 5-7 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.
  • Nov. 14 | LCOOY Delivery | 3-5 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 | Magnolia Delivery | 11:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 | Manor Delivery | 4:30-6:30 p.m.

“With each year, more and more of the W&L community gets involved with our week of giving back,” said Simko. “I am really excited to see the turnout this year and to see just how much we can serve our amazing community.”

There is also a food-donation drive in the University Store from Nov. 5-16, and the library is donating any cans that are brought in to replace fines to the Campus Kitchen.

The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a way to strengthen bodies, empower minds and build communities. The Campus Kitchen at Washington and Lee combats hunger and promotes nutrition by recovering and reusing food that would otherwise go to waste into balanced meals for low-income members of the community in Rockbridge County. Volunteers also develop valuable relationships with clients.

For more information, visit the Campus Kitchen website.