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School of Medicine Students Serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the Homeless

Thursday, November 22, 2007

 Students served up a Thanksgiving feast for the homeless in West Baltimore.

It's a Thanksgiving tradition that began nearly two decades ago. Each year, students from the University of Maryland School of Medicine organize Project Feast to feed hundreds of Baltimore's homeless and needy families on Thanksgiving. The event draws volunteers from all of the schools on campus, as well as volunteers from the community, many of whom return every year.

Workers began gathering at 5:30 a.m. at Booker T. Washington Middle School to prepare for the feast, which was served in the cafeteria beginning at 11 a.m. Their day would not be finished until 7 p.m. By the time the doors opened this year, the line had stretched around the school. Several hundred people were fed over the course of the day.

"We are all thankful for the many blessings in our lives. Project Feast is a great opportunity to give thanks together, as a community, building strength and tradition in West Baltimore," said Sarah Bui and Jennie Hart, organizers of this year's Project Feast and students in the School of Medicine.

In addition to the meal, students collected clothing, toiletries and non-perishable goods to be distributed in the auditorium at the school.

To view a video of preparation for the event, click here (Real Player is required).

To view TV coverage of Project Feast, click here (Real Player is required).

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