Sigma Alpha Lambda partners with NEA Food Bank to end fear of hunger
Published: Thursday, October 10, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 10, 2013 12:10
Hunger is an issue that many Americans are forced to deal with each day. In Northeast Arkansas alone, it is estimated that 430,000 people struggle to obtain enough food to sustain themselves and their families on any given day.
Food Fight Against Hunger is an annual food drive and good cause competition among chapters of Sigma Alpha Lambda, a national honors and leadership organization, at universities across the country.
According to A-State Chapter President Daryel Harris, a senior technology major of Cleveland, Miss., schools compete to see who can collect the most non-perishable food items for local food banks.
A-State’s chapter of SAL is partnering with the Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas in the hopes of alleviating the strain of those in the community who have to question where their next meal will come from, according to foodbankofnea.org.
The website also states the organization distributes food to people in need through a network of charitable non-profit agencies and programs across 12 counties. They provide meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior citizens centers and special care facilities.
Since 1983, the Food Bank has distributed more than 25 million pounds of food throughout Northeast Arkansas.
Harris is determined to make this year’s “Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat” a success.
“Last year ASU only donated 50 items,” Harris said. “We ranked ninth overall. Compared to the smaller chapters, I think we can do much better than that.”
During this year’s October-themed food drive, SAL hopes to double or even triple the number of items donated.
This month, members of the organization will have tables set up in the Student Union for students and faculty who are interested in donating.
“Up until the deadline, we’ll be set up collecting items, providing our contact information to people that would like to donate to us and accepting what they give,” Harris said.
Donation boxes will also be set up in the common building of the NorthPark Quads.All donations should be non-perishable and packaged in non-glass containers. Acceptable items include, but are not limited to: peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned fruits, rice, macaroni & cheese, canned tuna, canned meats, soups, and stews.
In addition, personal care items like soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes will also be accepted. Donations may be turned in until Nov. 22, when all items will be handed over to the NEA Food Bank.
A recruitment table will be set up in the Union on Oct. 10 to hand out formal invitations to those who meet eligibility requirements. These requirements include minimum 3.0 GPA and sophomore standing.
Another table will be set up on Oct. 15 in honor of SAL Spirit Day. This will provide students an opportunity to learn about the chapter and find out more about opportunities to get involved.