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Columbia College FSD Helps Salvation Army

by | Dec 1, 2014 | Aladdin, Uncategorized

Monday, December 01, 2014

Volunteers Prepare Thanksgiving Meals

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.

When the Salvation Army needed a cook and kitchen, Althaus quickly responded with a smile.

“I jump at any opportunity to participate in community involvement,” he said.

A shipment of donated turkeys is dropped off at Columbia College. Althaus, with the help of cook Ronald Moore, defrosts, unpacks and guts the turkeys. Then he seasons and cooks them in the oven for four to five hours.

From there, it takes a village. Volunteers assist in getting the turkeys ready for delivery. They flash-freeze the meat and deliver it to Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken, where more volunteers will serve it.

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