FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Culinary students at the Fort Wayne Community Schools Career Academy handed out dinners Tuesday afternoon as part of their annual 'Give Back Thanksgiving.'
This is the second year the culinary students and staff hosted the event, though this year's meals were prepared in to-go containers versus last year's buffet for COVID-19 safety.
Head culinary instructor Ann Applegate says she immediately reached out to FWCS administration for approval to continue the event after FWCS high schools moved to remote learning last week because of Allen County’s increase in COVID-19 cases.
“The principal got that approved,” said Applegate of the rapid response. “And I have several students, present students, and students that have graduated from this program that want to come in and to do this event as well.”
Kobe Milledge, a senior at Snider High School and second-year culinary school student says seeing so many families lined outside the academy building for dinner is the reason he and his classmates were eager to get in the academy kitchen Tuesday morning.
“We’re just giving people the chance to have a Thanksgiving meal, which they might not be able to have,” said Milledge.
Milledge says he responded promptly when Applegate asked if he still wanted to participate after his school was released for remote learning, knowing community members would still be in need of food over the holiday even if students are out of school.
“It’s just an odd year, and with all the restrictions it might be difficult for people to find a Thanksgiving meal.”
Applegate says she’s proud of her current and former students.
She says, “I’ve got great students. They’ve got a lot of potential to go out there and make a difference not only for themselves but for other people as well.”