D.R.E.A.M. Foundation Turkey Giveaway at Medgar Evers College
January 14, 2020
One of the D.R.E.A.M. Foundation’s vital missions is to help feed those who are struggling to make ends meet. It’s a mission that the foundation passionately pursues throughout the year. However, there’s a particular emphasis on Thanksgiving. On November 18, the D.R.E.A.M. Foundation partnered with the Medgar Evers College Transition Academy program to give turkeys and other food items to students experiencing food insecurity.
Dozens of the program’s students arrived at the college’s third-floor atrium to receive a turkey from the foundation. Transition Academy offers a range of services, from helping students navigate the New York City Department of Social Service’s shelter intake process to maintaining a campus food pantry and even distributing MetroCards.More students at the college are food insecure than homeless, according to Medgar Evers Student Life Specialist Waleek Boone. Across all City University of New York schools, 48 percent of the 22,000 C.U.N.Y. students who responded to New York #RealCollege Survey said they were food insecure in 2018.
At the event, Transition Academy gave the students a bag of groceries to help them get through Thanksgiving.
The D.R.E.A.M. Foundation has been an instrumental partner in helping the program build its capacity to feed hungry students. Medgar Evers Interim Dean of Student Affairs Alexis J. Mclean said her goal is to provide for every student in need.
For more than four decades, Mr. DeCosta Headley, the foundation’s chairman, and founder has partnered with community organizations and corporate donors to feed numerous people who struggle financially. The D.R.E.A.M. Foundation continues that work. In its second year, the foundation has given almost 2,000 turkeys to families and churches, provided nutritious meals at schools, and hosted community luncheons.
“We don’t make ourselves,” Mr. Headley has said. “We cannot achieve our goals by ourselves. We have to want and desire to be a part of each other.”