Typically, the Columbia College kitchen would be quiet and void of food in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
Students and faculty are gone on break, and the large 500-person holiday meal was last week. But Mark Althaus, Columbia College’s food service director, comes in on his time off to cook for others. The last few years, he has volunteered time and resources to provide cooked turkeys for the Salvation Army’s free Thanksgiving meal. It’s more than a couple of birds; there are 18 turkeys to prepare.