RWU and Bon Appétit Offering Brunch and Super Bowl Party Packages to Coast Guard Families

In wake of government shutdown, families welcome to come to the Bristol campus on the morning of the big game

By Edward Fitzpatrick
RWU member serving food to coast guard family

BRISTOL, R.I. ­­– Active-duty members of the Coast Guard and their families are welcome to come to Roger Williams University on Sunday, Feb. 3, for brunch and a “Super Bowl Party Package” to take home for the big game.

RWU and its food service provider, Bon Appétit Management Company, provided family-style meals to Coast Guard families during the partial government shutdown, which ended on Jan. 25. Now, the University and its Board of Trustees want to continue to support local families who are awaiting back pay from the shutdown and who would be impacted by a possible second shutdown.

So they are welcoming Coast Guard families from Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts to the Upper Commons dining hall on the Bristol campus between 10:30 a.m. and noon on Sunday, Feb. 3. Please enter through the main entrance off Old Ferry Road and bring Coast Guard identification. Families will be able to leave with pizza, chicken wings, Coca-Cola products and New England Patriots swag, preparing them for a great Super Bowl party.

“It is a privilege to support our active-duty members of the Coast Guard during a stressful time and to help them take a break and enjoy a traditional Super Bowl party,” said RWU Trustee Larry Eichler, a Providence resident whose son is an active-duty pilot in the Air Force.

“Our dining team is excited about preparing Super Bowl food that our Coast Guard families can enjoy as they await back pay resulting from the government shutdown,” RWU Vice President for Student Life John King said.

“Bon Appétit is happy to do this as a community service, and I’m hoping for a Patriots victory on Sunday,” said James Gubata, Bon Appétit’s general manager at RWU.