Penn State Berks students to serve local community at two events

Students to turn Opportunity House into five-star restaurant, serve veterans breakfast at Country Meadows
Student preparing food at Opportunity House

A student prepares food at Opportunity House.

Credit: Penn State

READING, Pa. — Penn State Berks students will hold two important community service events in November. They will transform Opportunity House, the Reading emergency shelter, into a five-star restaurant on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 7, and assist with the breakfast for veterans at Country Meadows of Wyomissing on Monday, Nov. 11.

Clients of Opportunity House will enjoy a three-course meal and an evening to remember when students enrolled in the college’s four-year Hospitality Management program, and other students throughout the college, participate in this annual volunteer event. The day will begin with decorating Opportunity House’s dining area with centerpieces, lights and various other ornaments provided by the Penn State Berks Hotel and Restaurant Society, a student organization. Students will serve in the roles of cooks, sous chefs, hosts, waiters and food runners. They will work on food preparation from 2 to 5 p.m., begin cooking the dinner at 5 p.m., and serve the meal at 7 p.m.

In addition, Penn State Berks students will assist with a special breakfast for veteran residents of Country Meadows of Wyomissing at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 11. Students will serve breakfast and help with setup and cleanup for the event.

Both events are coordinated by the Office of Campus Life. For more information, contact Autumn Fritz, assistant director of community development at Penn State Berks, at 610-396-6098 or via email at [email protected].