JCTC Culinary Arts program helping make Thanksgiving special for the Healing Place

Culinary Arts students make meals for the Healing Place The smells of turkey, gravy and stuffing are already filling the air at Jefferson Community and Technical College, where students in the Culinary Arts program are preparing Thanksgiving meals for more than 1,000 clients of the Healing Place.

Wednesday was the biggest day in the kitchen, an all hands on deck process where students prepared more than 50 turkeys and countless pounds of dressing. The meals will make it Thanksgiving tables at the Healing Place next week.

The program works in partnership with the Healing Place, who delivers all of the ingredients to the college. The students take it from there, mixing, basting and roasting to help ensure that residents have a happy Thanksgiving.

Each year the college lends its ovens and expertise to a local cause at Thanksgiving time.

It is a wonderful opportunity for the students to have this hands-on experience, said Chef Terra Nelson, JCTC Culinary Arts program coordinator. But we also enjoy being able to support and give back to the community in such a meaningful way.