The Thanks That Keeps on Giving
With 2,200 pounds of turkey, 1,425 pounds of mashed potatoes, and 150 gallons of gravy, all contribute to the 5,000 Twin Ports residents who are in need of a warm Thanksgiving meal. The Twin Ports Thanksgiving buffet has been a part of the community for 23 years.
“It’s a festive day of togetherness,” said Ruth Erdmann-Sluka., former senior chair of the Twin Ports Thanksgiving buffet. “People should feel like guests, not like they’re receiving charity.”
Over the years, the Thanksgiving buffet has transitioned into a St. Scholastica organized event. Even though the average cost of the event is around $30,000, only community donations are accepted and it is not tuition funded.
“Even though the amount of food, and the cost of the event are high, we utiliaze as many local farmers and suppliers as possible,” said Jack Teske, Director of Food Services. “It keeps the event local, and that’s something that we strive for.
On a smaller scale, three to four hundred students at the College of Saint Scholastica are offered an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner consisting of about 20 turkeys and 40 bowls of mashed potatoes, along with all the other expected Thanksgiving fixings. The dinner takes place at the Greenview Dining Room where students are able to celebrate with friends that have slowly turned to family.
“When you sat at the table, they asked who wanted to cut the turkey, or who wanted get the dishes,” said student, Emily Schwantke. “The CSS Benedictine values of community and hospitality can really be seen in this family style dinner experience.”
Not only have the Benedictine values been reflected on the college campus, they have also expanded into the surrounding Twin Ports Area, providing a sense of togetherness during the holiday season.
For more information on volunteering or attending the events listed above, please visit the CSS website, www.css.edu.