In photos: CCI creates special Thanksgiving meals for Greenwich seniors, families

By Tyler Sizemore for Greenwich Time

GREENWICH - With the help of volunteers of all ages, Community Centers Inc. prepared special Thanksgiving meals this week for about 160 families in Greenwich.

The community nonprofit group will deliver the meals to 90 senior citizens, about 50 CCI families and 20 Kids in Crisis families.

On Monday, Houlihan Lawrence volunteer Michele Tesei and chef Juan Benitez made stuffing for the meals at St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich. Benitez also teamed up with kids from the CCI program Monday to make banana bread and put the finishing touches on the Thanksgiving dinners.

Volunteers and town officials will help distribute the meals on Wednesday, just in time for Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Food donations from Stew Leonard's and Houlihan Lawrence helped the meals come to fruition.

Community Centers is a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to building skills that empower clients to overcome educational, social and economic barriers and reach their full potential.

Photo by Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media. Volunteer Alston Calabrese and CCI student Daniel Zazula make stuffing for Thanksgiving meals at St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Community Centers Inc. made Thanksgiving meals for 90 seniors, about 50 CCI families, and 20 Kids in Crisis families. Chef Juan Benitez worked with kids from the CCI program Monday to make banana bread and put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinners that will be distributed with the help of volunteers and town officials on Wednesday. Food donations from Stew Leonard’s and Houlihan Lawrence helped the meals come to fruition.


Photo by Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media. Chef Sak Seedasome and CCI student Joshua Bien-Aime make banana bread for Thanksgiving meals at St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Community Centers Inc. made Thanksgiving meals for 90 seniors, about 50 CCI families, and 20 Kids in Crisis families. Chef Juan Benitez worked with kids from the CCI program Monday to make banana bread and put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinners that will be distributed with the help of volunteers and town officials on Wednesday. Food donations from Stew Leonard’s and Houlihan Lawrence helped the meals come to fruition.

Photo by Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media. Houlihan Lawrence volunteer Michele Tesei and chef Juan Benitez make stuffing for Thanksgiving meals at St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Community Centers Inc. made Thanksgiving meals for 90 seniors, about 50 CCI families, and 20 Kids in Crisis families. Chef Juan Benitez worked with kids from the CCI program Monday to make banana bread and put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinners that will be distributed with the help of volunteers and town officials on Wednesday. Food donations from Stew Leonard’s and Houlihan Lawrence helped the meals come to fruition.

Photo by Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media. Houlihan Lawrence volunteer Michele Tesei looks over boxes containing Thanksgiving meals at St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Community Centers Inc. made Thanksgiving meals for 90 seniors, about 50 CCI families, and 20 Kids in Crisis families. Chef Juan Benitez worked with kids from the CCI program Monday to make banana bread and put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinners that will be distributed with the help of volunteers and town officials on Wednesday. Food donations from Stew Leonard’s and Houlihan Lawrence helped the meals come to fruition.

Photo by Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media. CCI student Rachael Zazula smashes bananas to make banana bread for Thanksgiving meals at St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Community Centers Inc. made Thanksgiving meals for 90 seniors, about 50 CCI families, and 20 Kids in Crisis families. Chef Juan Benitez worked with kids from the CCI program Monday to make banana bread and put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinners that will be distributed with the help of volunteers and town officials on Wednesday. Food donations from Stew Leonard’s and Houlihan Lawrence helped the meals come to fruition.

Photo by Tyler Sizemore / Hearst Connecticut Media. MediaChef Sak Seedasome and CCI students Makayla Williams, second from left, Daniel Zazula, third from left, and Sofia Torrez make banana bread for Thanksgiving meals at St. Roch Church in the Chickahominy section of Greenwich, Conn. Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Community Centers Inc. made Thanksgiving meals for 90 seniors, about 50 CCI families, and 20 Kids in Crisis families. Chef Juan Benitez worked with kids from the CCI program Monday to make banana bread and put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinners that will be distributed with the help of volunteers and town officials on Wednesday. Food donations from Stew Leonard’s and Houlihan Lawrence helped the meals come to fruition.