Campus Dining prepares Thanksgiving meals for South Bend organizations



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North Dining Hall Executive Chef Greg Larson is on the left, Sous Chef William Sanchez is on the right. (Photo provided.)

This year, Campus Dining continues its tradition of preparing turkey and side dishes for three South Bend organizations that host Thanksgiving meals.

Working out of the North Dining Hall and the Center for Culinary Excellence on campus, staff members are preparing meals for the Center for the Homeless and St. Margaret’s House in South Bend. The meals include traditional favorites such as roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans and pumpkin pie. 

Meanwhile, Campus Dining staff working at Noble Family Dining Hall at Saint Mary’s College will provide two side dishes for Hope Ministries in South Bend, preparing enough sweet potatoes and green beans with bacon and onions to feed 1,000 people.

“This year has been particularly challenging. From staffing shortages to supply chain challenges, it has been anything but easy. Campus Dining feels that it is more critical than ever to support those in need in our community. Partnering with local charities is rooted deep in our mission, especially during the holiday season,” said Luigi Alberganti, senior director of Campus Dining. 

He added, “We are grateful for our staff, who despite this year's challenges continue to deliver excellence through joy and kindness with their volunteer work.”

Mary Fran Brandenberger, associate executive director and director of volunteers, counseling and art programs at St. Margaret’s House, explained what the prepared holiday meals mean to the organization.

“St. Margaret’s House traditionally has a Thanksgiving feast a day or so before the holiday when we gather as a community and give thanks for the year that has been and the blessings we have received. Notre Dame Campus Dining provides this remarkable Thanksgiving meal and we are so grateful for the hands that prepare and provide this gift,” Brandenberger said. 

Food insecurity is a continued challenge in the region, especially during the holidays. If you need help with food, housing or utilities, call Indiana 2-1-1, a service that connects Hoosiers with human services and resources in their local communities.