Students from Ceres and Central Valley high schools provided free meals to 500 families this Thanksgiving.
Ceres High's Soroptimist Club organized the Nov. 23 event in partnership with the Stanislaus County Center for Human Services.
The pickup was held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Ceres High’s staff parking lot. Meals were also delivered to 10 families.
“This is the second year in a row we did 500 meals,” said former S Club advisor Angela Durossette, who assisted co-advisors Alyssa Bailey, Denise Perez and Edimayre Corrales-Ayon this year. “There are a lot of positive things that come along with this. Most of the kids haven’t done community service like that before. It was really nice seeing both high schools working together. A lot of the families were thankful even though it was just one meal. The end result was really cool.”
Each family received either a large turkey, two turkey roasts or ham, along with a five-pound bag of potatoes, a dozen eggs, two cans of corn, two boxes of stuffing, one package of bread rolls, two evaporated milks, four sticks of butter and one pumpkin pie.
The S Club used funds raised through donations to purchase food from Food 4 Less, Cost Less, La Perla Tapatia and Beto’s Bakery.
Diestel Farms donated 576 turkey roasts.
Shane Parson donated 2,500 pounds of potatoes.
Central Valley’s and Ceres High’s booster clubs donated 500 dozen eggs.
Food 4 Less donated 250 cases of water.
Ceres FFA donated 200 cans of veggies
The Center for Human Services covered the cost of 500 pumpkin pies ordered from Beto's Bakery.
The Ceres Lions Club, Soroptimist International of Ceres, Bertolotti Disposal and Dot Foods also made monetary donations.
“We got a huge donation towards the end,” Durossette said. “That allowed us to buy more meat from Food 4 Less.”