CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 26, 2022 – Chartwells Higher Education, a recognized leader in contract food service management, today announced “ThankFul,” a nationwide event designed to celebrate community, show gratitude, and give to those in need during the holiday season. The second of four signature events from Chartwells’ Joy-Ful campaign will take place simultaneously across all 300 Chartwells campuses on November 16, 2022.
Millions of students across the country are invited to partake in Thank-Ful’s interactive programming centered around food, appreciation, and community. Students can participate in a “Friendsgiving” meal with a customized menu that includes traditional and alternative Thanksgiving offerings such as roasted maple-brined turkey breast, sweet potato pie, classic stuffing, or even carved chili lime local butternut squash.
During ThankFul, students will also have the chance to take their culinary skills to the next level through the country’s largest interactive teaching kitchen, the Thankful Kitchen, which will be hosted on Chartwells’ partner campuses. Each student will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with Chartwells chefs to make two mini parfait pies: one for themselves and one to gift to someone they are thankful for.
“We strive to give students the opportunity to show thanks, support their local communities, and create meaningful memories centered around food and joy,” said Lisa McEuen, CEO of Chartwells Higher Education. “ThankFul is a warm welcome to holiday festivities and a great addition to our JoyFul campaign. We are looking forward to bringing a sense of togetherness and appreciation to the students, schools, and local communities we serve nationwide.”
As part of ThankFul’s give-back component, Chartwells Higher Education will be donating meal vouchers to each campus food pantry to bolster their food insecurity efforts, totaling at least 45,000 meals nationwide. Additionally, each campus will offer different activities focused on gratitude such as a thankful wall, where students and staff can write notes of what they’re thankful for, compliment blitzes, balloon pops of positivity, and more.
ThankFul is another example of how Chartwells is bringing students across the nation together in memorable ways through the JoyFul campaign. For more information on Chartwells and ThankFul, please visit http://chartwellshighered.com/.