An official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Worcester State’s new food pantry will honor the memory of the late Thea Aschkenase ’07, who passed away on Saturday, March 23, at the age of 95. This essential resource for food insecure members of the Worcester State community is named Thea’s Pantry to recognize her lifelong dedication to feeding the hungry.
The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center. All members of the Worcester State community are invited to attend.
Aschkenase was a Holocaust survivor who was liberated from the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945. She and her husband, Efraim, emigrated from Palestine to Worcester in 1954. At age 92, she authored a memoir, Remembering: A Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Life.
In addition to being a voice of remembrance of the Holocaust, she also made it her mission to help others. She graduated with a degree in Urban Studies in her early 80s and, through her connection with the Intergenerational Urban Institute, volunteered to help hungry children and adults gain access to nutritious food.
Gifts in her honor can be made  to Thea’s Pantry.