|NEWARK, NJ – On Saturday, November 20, Newark-based charter management organization (CMO) BRICK Education Network and South Ward Promise Neighborhood hosted the fourth annual South Ward Gives Thanksgiving Dinner for Newark’s South Ward families. Approximately 1,000 Thanksgiving meals were prepared for South Ward families to enjoy.
“BRICK Education Network and South Ward Promise Neighborhood are so excited to come together to host the fourth annual South Ward Gives Thanksgiving dinner for the families we serve,” said Dominique Lee, Founder and CEO of BRICK Education Network. “All of our families deserve to celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoy a wonderful meal, and we look forward to providing a positive experience for families each year.”
Celebrity Chef Ameer Natson participated in the event at Newark NAN Tech. As residents continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, they were given the option to enjoy their meal at Newark NAN Tech or take their meal to go. In addition, 250 meals were delivered to senior centers in the South Ward.
“South Ward Promise Neighborhood always looks forward to the South Ward Gives Thanksgiving dinner,” said Nichelle Holder, Chief Program Officer, South Ward Promise Neighborhood. “As we rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to be sure to provide multiple options for our families so they can enjoy their Thanksgiving meal with neighbors or from the comfort of their own home. We love bringing the community together so everyone can celebrate the holiday season.”
The event was sponsored by several community partners including: BRICK Education Network; South Ward Promise Neighborhood; Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center, Inc.; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Fresh Chef Quality Food Purveyors; Wegmans; La Casa De Don Pedro; Teach for America; Kings; and NAN Newark Tech World.