Class aims to help 125 families through student-led project

TRAVERSE CITY — Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Professional Communications students are helping local families this Thanksgiving through the eighth annual Food for Thought Thanks-for-Giving project. Due to COVID-19, students have developed alternative methods to get the community involved and limit face-to-face contact.

The students’ goal is to improve their communication skills through experiential learning and to feed 125 families this holiday season. By raising donations, the students will provide meal boxes that include a turkey and all the sides to feed a family of six. Boxes will be distributed on Monday, November 22, to 75 families selected by the NMC Food Pantry and 50 by Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Community donors have the opportunity to get involved and win a two-night stay at The Great Wolf Lodge by donating $10 or more at (Choose the amount, select “designate my gift to other,” and type in “Food For Thought.”) To be entered into the prize drawing, forward donation receipt to Cam Walker at A private donor has also agreed to match monetary donations up to $5,000.The students also welcome any other local businesses that would like to partner on this project.

Release date: OCTOBER 22, 2021

For more information:

Mahli Braak
Marketing Team Leader
(616) 540-8740

Kristy McDonald
Business Instructor
(231) 995-1059


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