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HGTC students prepare 3,000 meals for hurricane victims

(WPDE)

Since Wednesday, the culinary arts students at Horry Georgetown Technical College have been combining their passion for cooking with compassion for those impacted by Hurricane Florence.

The students have been working with the Salvation Army in Conway to deliver thousands of meals to various communities and first responders.

"My plan is until school gets back in, to do as much as I can to help out here in Horry County," said Salvation Army volunteer, Lindsay Lennon.

The aftermath of Hurricane Florence has taken a toll on the Carolinas, which is why leaders at HGTC decided to answer the call.

"We just kinda organized 1,000 meals a day for three days in a row," said Culinary Arts Professor Chef Geoff Blount.

Preparing 3,000 meals is no easy task and not only does it serve as a lesson in giving, it teaches students to exercise their skills beyond the kitchen.

"My culinary students are just fine, luckily, and of course they want to help too, and this gives them a chance to kinda learn how their skills can actually go out and reach out to the community and help the community," said Blount.

With feet on the ground county wide, officials with the Salvation Army said their purpose for being in the Carolinas goes beyond providing meals.

"Not only do we get to provide the food and the drinks, but we also get to offer prayer, emotional support and to be able to help them through those other issues that they may be facing," said Salvation Army Lieutenant Chris Thomas.

The Salvation Army is using 11 mobile kitchens from Georgia to distribute meals to families in various communities as well as National Guard troops and those working for the Red Cross.

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