Chartwells at Eastern Michigan University hosts “Friendsgiving” event, donates meals to fight food insecurity

Ypsilanti - Chartwells Higher Education, a recognized leader in contract foodservice management, recently announced it will be hosting "Thank-Ful" - a nationwide Thanksgiving event taking place at over 300 U.S. colleges and university campuses. On Nov. 18, Eastern Michigan University students will join millions of others nationwide to simultaneously partake in Thank-Ful and celebrate togetherness, give thanks, and fight food insecurity.

Thank-Ful will be held at The Commons and feature a Friendsgiving-style meal with Thanksgiving staples such as turkey, cornbread stuffing, baked macaroni & cheese, sweet potato pie, and our team members' favorite dishes. The event also provides students with an opportunity to show their gratitude for someone or something they appreciate, a thankful wall covered in thank-you notes and letters. EDining will also be donating 500 meal vouchers to help combat food insecurity on campus. As a part of Thank-Ful, our students can participate in community give-back activities to help fight food insecurity on campus and in the local community.

“Chartwells’ Thank-Ful event is a great opportunity for our students to come together in a school-wide “Friendsgiving” celebration and be together as a campus,” said Ali Duceatt, Resident District Manager. “We also love that the event provides the unique opportunity to give back to our community and help fight food insecurity our students and community may face.”

As a part of Thank-Ful, students will have the ability to participate in activities to give back to the community by helping to fight food insecurity on campus and in the local Ypsilanti community. There will be a variety of ways to join the cause, including donating non-perishable food items, purchasing cookies at select locations, and joining the event on November 18th. All of these proceeds will be going to Swoop’s Food Pantry in the form of Flex Dollars and or pounds of food.

“In a season that celebrates thankfulness and togetherness, we are honored that we are able to bring together millions of students nationwide for impactful moments of joy and gratitude,” said Ali Duceatt, Resident District Manager. “Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we have, and remember those who have greater needs than us. That’s why we’re using Thank-Ful as an opportunity to help make a difference beyond the dining halls and deepen our impact with the local communities we serve.”

Thank-Ful is an opportunity for students to come together for a memorable Friendsgiving meal and show gratitude for each other, school faculty, and staff. Thank-Ful will take place on November 18, 2021, from 11 am - 7 pm at The Commons.

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About Chartwells Higher Education:

Chartwells is the recognized leader in contract foodservice management, hospitality and award-winning guest service within over 300 college and university dining environments throughout academic institutions across the U.S. Chartwells' nutritious cuisine not only satisfies the unique appetites, lifestyles, and dietary needs of every guest dining on campus, but it also brings people together to promote the high-intensity relationships that will prepare students for the future. For more information, visit,, and

November 16, 2021

Written by:
Cierra Mauk

Melissa Thrasher