Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

An enormous Edmonton community Thanksgiving dinner, by the numbers

This week, Club Culinaire, a student-run club at NAIT, has been busy making a mouthwatering Thanksgiving meal for more than 1,600 of Edmonton’s homeless and less fortunate. The dinner is the result of an ongoing partnership between NAIT and Boyle Street Community Services.

It’s a lot of work preparing a meal for that many people, says club president Stephanie Stolk (Cooking '16), but it’s worth it. “It is a very humbling experience to know that you are feeding 1,600 people who don’t get to eat a meal every day.”

Moments before the annual dinner on Sunday, the volunteer cooks will put the final touches on the meal before it's loaded into trucks and shipped to the Boyle Street Plaza.

This is the 31st Thanksgiving dinner that involves students from NAIT’s Culinary Arts and Professional Meat Cutting and Merchandising programs. It’s a chance to practise their skills while giving back to the community.

“Everyone is pulling together to make this happen,” says Stolk. “That is why this doesn’t feel like work.”

Here's a look at what it involves.

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