Culinary students from Erasmus High School prepared and served a community feast for the third annual Kings Cares Thanksgiving Luncheon at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood. The free Thanksgiving meal was the result of a partnership among the Flatbush Avenue & Church Avenue BID, Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Erasmus, Stop & Shop, Kings Theatre and the 70th Precinct.
As part of their culinary school curriculum, the students from Erasmus High School created a Thanksgiving menu, and with a $2,000 gift card donation from Stop & Shop, purchased all the food needed to prepare and serve more than 450 free Thanksgiving meals to the Flatbush community.
“As the neighborhood grocery store in Flatbush, it’s paramount for Stop & Shop to give back to the community we call home,” said Stefanie Shuman, manager, external communications & community relations. “Stop & Shop is proud to sponsor this event ensuring Flatbush residents can have a hot meal this Thanksgiving.”
Assistant Principal of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Erasmus, Luke Fitzgibbon, said, “The Thanksgiving Luncheon provides an opportunity for our students to showcase the skills and knowledge they have gained in their classes, while giving back by preparing a hot, home-cooked meal for the community. Not only do we look forward to this event every year, but we also look forward to being a part of this tradition for years to come.”
Kings Theatre has hosted the event for the past three years, and organizers say it has grown each year.