ST. BONAVENTURE, NY – This past summer, Alice Miller Nation, the director of the Franciscan Center for Social Concern, realized a student would be going into the weekend without food.

She knew she had to do something, so as a temporary fix, she gave the student some food and began bringing food items from home to her office.

“It wasn’t a one-time thing,” she said. “Sometimes our students don’t have enough food.”

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Next, she looked into opening the food pantry, which became a reality on Oct. 2. Community members donated a freezer and refrigerator so students would have access to more than just processed food.

“Sometimes it is just about sharing our need,” she said. “That’s exactly how we are getting our food. It's amazing how much food is coming in.”

Food by donation also is coming in for the Thanksgiving dinner the FCSC will host Thursday at 4 p.m. in the McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry. Miller Nation said she and the Rev. Francis DiSpigno, executive director of University Ministries, will share the cooking duties. She said some items purchased for dinner will be funded through the ministries' budget.

Miller Nation said the dinner is open to the entire St. Bonaventure community and that approximately 13 people have responded. She feels if people want to spend time with others on Thanksgiving, even if they aren’t home, this is a perfect opportunity.

The meal will begin with hors d'oeuvres at 4, followed by dinner at 5. Dessert will be served. Leftovers will be available to any member of the St. Bonaventure community who would like to take them.

The food pantry is open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

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