Suffolk Culinary Student Thanks Medical Workers

Melissa and Justin. Photo was taken pre-pandemic. Independent/Courtesy Justin Ranghell

Justin Ranghell, a 24-year old Suffolk County Community College Culinary Student from Center Moriches delivered nearly 200 cookies for those working on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic. This included his sister Melissa, a nurse, and her colleagues at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

“She was coming home exhausted and dejected. It was heartbreaking to me,” Ranghell said. “I decided I needed to do something.”

Ranghell teamed up with his brother Jeromy, a fellow restaurant industry worker, who was able to help Justin purchase needed baking ingredients wholesale.

Justin Ranghell. Independent/Courtesy Justin Ranghell

“This was a great opportunity to give back to the frontline workers that are fighting for us each and every day,” Ranghell said. “I hope to do it again to express my thanks and appreciation.”

“We’re proud of Justin and his selfless effort, and join him with our thanks to medical workers, first responders and all those on the frontline battle of the fight against the coronavirus and its spread,” said Suffolk County Community College interim president Louis Petrizzo.

“Justin is community-minded, focused, well-liked by his peers and working hard to learn and hone his craft,” said Suffolk Culinary Arts assistant professor Richard Amster.

Ranghell will graduate from the college’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality program in August and also works at The Halyard restaurant in Greenport when not in class.

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