YPSILANTI – The Hundley Foundation (HF) is partnering with Eastern Michigan University
(EMU) and Chartwells Higher Education at EMU to give community members something to
feel grateful about during a “Thankful For You” event just in time for the holiday season. The
Friendsgiving-themed event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
“Thankful For You” is a two-part event in honor of the campus community and surrounding
areas to promote a sense of togetherness and thankfulness during this season of giving.
Thanks to the generosity of the Hundley Foundation, community organizations will receive
more than 1,000 Thanksgiving meals delivered or served by student volunteers, former EMU
football player Samuel Estes, EMU President James Smith and his wife Connie Ruhl-Smith,
members of EMU athletics and Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels. They will provide Thanksgiving
staples like brown sugar glazed ham, classic dressing stuffing, and cranberry relish to
numerous community organizations in Ypsilanti. Starting at 4 pm on Eastern’s campus,
guests and the campus community will be treated to a traditional Thanksgiving feast
featuring a holiday-cooking demo, raffles, canned food drive, and more.
“I’m excited to partner with my alma mater and Chartwells to lead such an important mission
in spreading holiday cheer and providing hot meals to those in need,” said Samuel Estes,
EMU alumnus and Vice-Chairman of the Hundley Foundation’s Board of Directors. “It is an
absolute privilege to come back home to Metro Detroit and provide these much-needed
meals to the less fortunate and let them know that we are here for them.”
“Thankful For You” is an extension of “Thank-Ful,” an annual national event spearheaded by
Chartwells, the national food service management company behind the University’s EDining operation.
“At EMU, we are always looking for ways to interact with our greater campus community,
and Thank-Ful is a great moment to express our gratitude to each other,” said Ali Duceatt,
resident district manager, Chartwells @ EMU. “Through Thank-Ful, students will have a
unique opportunity to give thanks for what they have, celebrate their community, and share
with those in need through food-focused give-back activities. This year, the impact will be
even greater thanks to the generosity and spirit of the Hundley Foundation.”
“This event is an opportunity for Eastern to collaborate with organizations and alumni and
extend our gratitude for the community in which we work, live, and play,” said Decky
Alexander, professor and director of Engage @ EMU.
Lunch meals will be distributed off-campus from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. to the following
Eastern’s Family Empowerment program
Ypsilanti Housing Commission
Ypsilanti Senior Center
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels
PHONE: 1-800-606-2390 • hundleyfoundation.org • 2880 Bicentennial Pkwy, Suite100 pmb 246 Henderson, NV 89044
Chartwells is the recognized leader in contract food service management, hospitality, and
award-winning guest service within over 300 college and university dining environments
throughout academic institutions across the U.S. Chartwells’ nutritious cuisine not only
satisfies the unique appetites, lifestyles, and dietary needs of every guest dining on campus,
but it also brings people together to promote the high-intensity relationships that will prepare
students for the future. For more information, visit
www.ChartwellsHigherEd.com, www.ChartwellsMonthly.com, www.DineonCampus.com.
Hundley Foundation Contact : Laura Herlovich
702 612 7869
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently
serves more than 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral
and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors,
minors and concentrations are delivered through the University’s Colleges of Arts and
Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services;
and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence,
diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of
pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit
the University’s website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and
announcements, visit EMU Today.
About the Hundley Foundation
The Hundley Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need.
The foundation creates and implements initiatives that focus on health, education, diversity,
mentorship and awareness for communities that are disenfranchised and underserved.
Founded by NFL QB Brett Hundley in 2019, the foundation has provided scholarships,
internships, art therapy, support groups and a fatherhood program since its inception. For
more information, join #TheTEAM or to make a donation, visit www.hundleyfoundation.org