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Brandeis pie sale yields $500 for homeless day shelter

Posted by Megan McKee  December 29, 2010 09:49 AM

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This is from a press release from the Brandeis University Dining Services, which is run by Aramark.

Many of us associate Thanksgiving and the holidays with delicious food and good company, but it is also a time to give from our hearts. This year, Brandeis University Dining Services, operated by ARAMARK Higher Education, decided to pair their annual holiday Thanksgiving pie sale with an opportunity to do just that. The sale fell during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and in an effort to continue to support the partnership the Brandeis community has with the local Waltham community, Dining Services Marketing Director, Sarah Conduragis, decided to turn the sale into a charitable opportunity.

The sale featured an assortment of freshly baked pies and dessert breads from Brandeis’ on-campus bakery. Executive Chef, Matthew Thompson, and his staff had the bakery in overdrive producing hundred of pies and breads to accommodate the flood of orders. One dollar from each pie sold would be donated to the Community Day Center of Waltham, led by their new Executive Director, Marilyn Lee-Tom. The pies were boxed and ready for students and staff to pick up and take to their Thanksgiving feasts. “It was amazing to see the energy that the students, faculty and staff put behind this sale”, Conduragis said. “We were able to bring the Brandeis campus together to assist the community with the help of major student organizations rallying behind the communication and sales efforts.”

The money will help the Community Day Center fund vital programs and services that they provide to their guests including advocacy support, job assistance, health and legal access, as well as housing referrals. Although the holidays create a heightened awareness as a time to give back, Brandeis University Dining Services looks forward to working with the Community Day Center and other local organizations continuously throughout the year in an effort to strengthening our community relationships at the University and with our Waltham neighbors. In fact, this spring semester, Dining Services will work with an on-campus student organization to provide donated food to a local shelter from generous students who are willing to donate guest meals from their semester meal plans.

Conduragis and other Dining Service Directors presented a $500.00 check to the Community Day Center from the total pie sales during their annual holiday party. ARAMARK Higher Education, a world leader in providing professional services to more than 600 colleges and universities in North America, striving to enrich communities where we live and work everyday.


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