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Ohio State hosts one of largest Thanksgiving Day dinners

What does Thanksgiving dinner look like for Buckeye Nation? More than 650 pounds of turkey, 30 gallons of gravy, 432 pounds each of green beans and corn, 320 pounds of corn bread and 2,000 slices of pie.

The Ohio State University hosted one of the largest Thanksgiving Day dinners on a college campus today in the Ohio Union. President Michael V. Drake joined dozens of volunteers throughout the university community to serve an estimated 1,600 students, faculty and staff, along with their families.

“I am so grateful to be part of this diverse Buckeye family, a university community that embraces, welcomes and respects people from all over the world,” Drake said.

The annual celebration is for those who are unable to travel home for the holiday.

Ohio State's Thanksgiving Dinner tradition began 28 years ago as a gathering of 25 graduate students in the Hale Black Cultural Center. The event has grown to include broad participation from out-of-state and international students.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of International Affairs support the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Ohio State.