For the third year in a row, students at George Washington School received a full, ready-to-cook Thanksgiving meal, courtesy of HMA Contracting Group and the Capital District YMCA. Donated as part of the Caring Community Basket Brigade, students brought home a basket with a turkey, roasting pan, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, rolls and more.
The Caring Community Basket Brigade was formed to help feed area families. Last year they donated meals to more than 400 families across the Capital District, and this year, with the help of each local YMCA branch, they distributed more than 600 – including more than 50 at George Washington School. Each meal costs about $50, financed by contributions and donations from the community.
This donation is especially meaningful to the GWS community – nearly all the students there receive free or reduced-price lunch, meaning the majority leave at or below the federal poverty line.
“Again this year, HMA Contracting and the YMCA have donated these meals to our families, and we can’t thank them enough for their continued generosity. Because of this initiative, we can send our students home for Thanksgiving break knowing they’ll be able to enjoy a hot meal with their family,” said Principal Danielle Remillard.