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FUEL NKU Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner for NKU Community


Nov. 19, 2021 — Northern Kentucky University’s on-campus food pantry, FUEL NKU, will host its fourth annual Friendsgiving Celebration, inviting NKU students, faculty and staff for a community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22, 2021 in the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union.

Since 2013, FUEL NKU has provided food and essentials to students in a compassionate, confidential and safe environment, and this remains true even when the university is closed for holidays. “We understand the last several months have been challenging for many folks at our university,” FUEL NKU Program Coordinator Nick Bliven said. “The FUEL NKU team hopes to provide a nourishing meal and a supportive environment for the campus community, especially with the holiday season approaching.”

With nearly 200 people expected to attend the Friendsgiving Celebration, community partners are joining FUEL NKU to host the feast on NKU’s campus. The Kroger Co. will contribute the turkey, while Busken Bakery will donate pumpkin pies.

Chartwells, NKU’s external food services partner, pitched in to cover an array of side items and necessary table-setting items such as side dishes, tableware and drinks. In addition to the food, The Care Closet at NKU will provide coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for students as well.

What: FUEL NKU’s Friendsgiving Celebration Dinner
When: Nov. 22, 6-8 p.m. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.
Where: The H. Gordon and Thelma Martin Ballroom inside the James C. and Rachel M. Votruba Student Union

The Friendsgiving Celebration dinner is open to all NKU students, faculty and staff. There is no cost to attend the event, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable item to donate to FUEL NKU. For more information, visit the event page on Facebook.

For more general information about FUEL NKU, visit its website.

About NKU: Founded in 1968, NKU is an entrepreneurial state university of over 16,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus nestled between Highland Heights, Kentucky and bustling downtown Cincinnati. We are a regionally engaged university committed to empowering our students to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. While we are one of the fastest-growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit