Every Thursday evening during the academic year, Niagara University students run the St. Vincent de Paul Society soup kitchen at St. George’s Church in downtown Niagara Falls. A team of student-leaders plan the menu for each week, fundraise, grocery shop, prepare, and serve the meal to guests.
Earlier this month, the NU students teamed with Metz Culinary Management, the university’s foodservice provider, to serve the soup kitchen’s guests a special holiday meal consisting of turkey, mashed potatoes, corn, stuffing, soup, salad, rolls and pie.
In addition, Niagara’s student a cappella group, the Soar Throats, provided holiday music entertainment during dinner, which the guests loved, according to campus minister Ashley Gruhalla, ’11, M.S.’13.
Finally, due to a few generous donations, the students were able to give each child in attendance a stuffed animal and book.
Approximately 75 guests were served that evening – and sent home with plenty of leftovers.