Pasadena, CA – Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) students, employees and families are giving back to the community this Thanksgiving with food drives, preparation of Thanksgiving treats and providing Thanksgiving meals to families in need.
Select district families will get a free Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings from a local restaurateur on Thanksgiving Day. Pasadena Sandwich Company, in conjunction with PUSD's Families in Transition and the Pasadena Fire Department, will provide a family-style feast at the restaurant as part of the second annual Thanksgiving Share-A-Meal. The event honors Stephen E. Fink, the co-founder of the Pasadena Sandwich Company. Donations in the form of food, event volunteers and money are being accepted at the restaurant.
Students from the Blair High School Culinary and Hospitality Academy (CAHA) are preparing 150 turkeys with dressing for the annual Union Station Homeless Services Thanksgiving meal in Pasadena's Central Park. Over 30 Blair students will join many other PUSD families volunteering at Central Park on Thanksgiving Day to prepare and serve food. CAHA students are also preparing 150 desserts for the Share-A-Meal at Pasadena Sandwich Company.
The district's youngest students are also doing their part. Elementary students at Norma Coombs Alternative School collected enough food including turkeys and side dishes during their Thanksgiving food drive to feed 12 Norma Coombs families this year.
Other PUSD schools have been working with PUSD's Families in Transition office, which connects homeless and transitional students and their families with appropriate services, to collect donations for families in need this holiday season. Donations of canned goods, toys, games, books and grocery gift cards can be dropped off at the Families in Transition Office (Room 127) located at 351 South Hudson Avenue in Pasadena. Contact PUSD Families in Transition at (626) 396-3600, Ext. 88252 for more information.