Chattahoochee Technical College donated over 200 pounds of food from the college’s Culinary program to Cobb County firefighters on Monday, March 30, to offer support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Making this delivery on behalf of the college was the Chattahoochee Tech Campus Police Department, under the direction of Tim Hilley, who serves as the college’s Director of Public Safety.
When Hilley was researching where to donate the food, he first contacted the Cobb County Emergency Management Agency. They recommended a local fire station because of restrictions placed on how many times firefighters may leave their stations to get food to cook. “It just so happens that my son, Michael, is a Captain at Cobb County Fire Station 14, so I called and asked if they would be interested in the donation, and if they would be able to split it up among some of the other fire stations,” said Hilley. “They were very excited about the idea!”
After loading up a Chattahoochee Tech patrol vehicle with over 200 pounds of food at the college’s Mountain View Campus, Hilley and Campus Police Lt. Mary Forman delivered the food to Cobb County Fire Station 14. This fire station is located near the Mountain View Campus on the other side of Sandy Plains Road. “When we arrived at the fire station, they were excited that we were bringing the food,” said Hilley. “But when we opened the truck, they were amazed with the amount of food, and said they would be able to take some to several other fire stations.”
Included among the donated items were several boxes of whole and cut chicken, two large slabs of pork, whole and cut duck, scallops, halibut, barbecue ribs, steaks, cakes, and a whole case of butter, along with many other items.
“It made us feel good to know we were able to help a large group of first responders with these much-needed supplies,” said Hilley, “so they wouldn’t have to go out any more than necessary.”