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Students Donate Thanksgiving Care Packages to Meals on Wheels Recipients

UAlbany Transfer Transition Leaders (TTLs) assembled approximately 100 care packages at Senior Services of Albany on Friday, Nov. 20. These packages will be delivered to local residents on Thanksgiving Day through the Meals on Wheels Program. (Photo by Mike Nolan)

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 24, 2015) – Dozens of seniors in Albany County will receive a special Thanksgiving Day treat this year – thanks in part to University at Albany students.

Approximately 100 care packages assembled by UAlbany transfer students and led by the University’s Transfer Transition Leaders (TTLs), will be delivered to local residents on Thanksgiving Day. The students transported the packages to Senior Services of Albany’s Meals on Wheels Program on November 20.

At UAlbany, students involved with the program spent the last several months hosting food drives across campus. All proceeds benefitted the Senior Services of Albany's Meals on Wheels program. The students filled care packages with various types of donated food, along with personal items.

As one of the largest Meals on Wheels programs in upstate New York, Senior Services of Albany volunteers deliver more than 800 healthy meals to homebound seniors each day. The local not-for-profit’s Meals on Wheels Thanksgiving Day care package provides an opportunity to honor seniors throughout the community.

 “As part of the University’s Student Engagement Office, our Transfer Transition Leaders group is encouraged to become involved on campus and in the greater Albany community,” said Jamie Frankenfield, UAlbany Transfer Transition Leader and project coordinator. “We chose Meals on Wheels as the recipient because these seniors are truly in need of this type of help.”

Currently, some 7,400 UAlbany students contribute to the local region through volunteer work, courses and internships annually. UAlbany President Robert Jones has challenged the campus to log at least two-and-a-half million community service hours each year.

Do you want to become involved? Visit UAlbany’s community service portal to learn how you can give back through the University. Also view UAlbany’s official Pinterest profile to see more community engagement initiatives.

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