When Springfield College students walk into The Table @ Cheney Hall, they are greeted by Harvest Table Culinary Group staff members who clearly have become more than just individuals preparing meals. There is a unique connection between the students and the staff that allows for a special student dining experience. It’s a sensation of having a meal with family and friends, it’s a feeling of home.
“We are able to see the same smiling faces every day,” said student Lilyan Foster. “As students, we get to know the Harvest Table staff really well, we know their names, and they know our names, so it’s more than just stopping in for food, it feels more like checking in on your friends and family.”
As a result of this special bond, the student-led Humanics in Action Club recently focused one of their weekly service projects on making personalized holiday care packages for all 140 Harvest Table staff members. The gifts were hand-delivered by the students as a personalized “Thank You” moment.
“This project really was about just saying thank you, and showing the Harvest Table staff that the students really appreciate the connections we make with them,” said student Hayley Nelson. “To be able to share some gifts with individuals we see every day is really what Springfield College is all about, so it was great to be able to share some genuine appreciation for all they do for us.”
One aspect that made each care package unique was the fact that the students personalized an apron for each Harvest Table employee with their own inspirational saying on the front.
“The staff at Harvest Table always seem to find ways to brighten our day,” added student Jade Kiang. “They really make you feel like you are home, and we really appreciate that as students. It really makes a difference when they get to know us on a personal level, and that’s what we have here at Springfield College.”
The authentic relationship between Springfield College students and Harvest Table staff is another example of what makes our campus stand-out from other campus communities.
“You can tell the Harvest Table staff members really care about us as people, and that makes the experience so very special,” added student Myah Baird. “I always enjoy my experience dining on the campus, and I enjoyed delivering the holiday care packages, it was another example of what makes our campus special.”