Holiday party feeds local shelters
Queen’s hospitality services staff wanted to do something different to celebrate the holidays in December. They turned their end-of-the-year party into an opportunity to give to the community by raffling gift baskets to benefit Soul Food, a student coalition that distributes any surplus from the university’s dining program to local shelters.
The staff raised $825, which was presented to Soul Food representatives at the Leonard Hall dining room this week, along with a cake decorated like the cheque.
“Sodexo and Soul Food have worked together from Soul Food’s inception in 2007,” says Joli Manson, Sodexo’s general manager at Queen’s. “We have a symbiotic relationship with the food, but we are trying to make it more holistic, in terms of our support.”
Soul Food co-chair Elise Halpern (ArtsSci’10) says the organization is grateful to have such a strong partnership with Sodexo. “We are always looking for new ways to assist the shelters we serve and monetary donations, such as the one we just received, will help us bring the shelters what they need whether that's more food, warm clothes, toiletries, or other everyday items.”
Soul Food delivers food from Leonard and Ban Righ dining rooms every night they are open. More than 40 students volunteer on a rotating schedule to make the deliveries.