Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

UNO Chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Receives National Recognition for Philanthropy

The UNO chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity earns national recognition raising 145,788 pounds, or more than 70,000 tons, of food for the hungry through its annual Watermelon Bust, a campus tradition. The annual fundraiser helps to support Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks leading the fight against hunger in the U.S.The University of New Orleans chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity received national recognition this month for its philanthropy work feeding the hungry.

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The UNO chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity raised 145,788 pounds, or more than 70,000 tons, of food for the hungry through its annual Watermelon Bust, a campus tradition.

The annual fundraiser now helps to support Feeding America, a network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the U.S.

The University of New Orleans chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity received national recognition this month for its philanthropy work feeding the hungry.

"I'm so proud of these men on their accomplishments, particularly since Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest fraternities in North America, with over 200 chapters," said Marco Perez, chapter adviser and general manager of Lakefront Arena. "This truly is quite an achievement, given the fact that we have well over 275,000 active members."

Every year, the UNO chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha hosts an annual Watermelon Bash, a week-long series of watermelon-themed events that includes a watermelon-eating contest, a watermelon toss and a final field day. This year, the campus tradition helped to raise more than 70,000 tons of food for Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. And this month, the nonprofit is trumpeting the success of the UNO chapter and two others named the top three fundraisers for the 2013-2014 academic year.

"Brother Homer Hitt would be proud," said Perez, referencing the University's first president and fellow alumnus of the campus chapter and national fraternity.

In the Winner's Circle In Inaugural Year

In 2013, Lambda Chi Alpha and Feeding America formed a national partnership designed to improve the national fraternity's food collection program on nearly 200 college campuses, said Kelli Walker, Feeding America's director of corporate partnerships. Through this agreement, Feeding America provides Lambda Chi Alpha chapters with volunteer engagement guidelines and food drive best practices. The 2013-2014 academic year marked the national food drive's inaugural year.

Together, local chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. collected more than 2.4 million pounds of food for Feeding America, which translates into more than two million meals provided by local food banks, Walker announced on Aug. 18 at a national conference for the fraternity.

The top three chapters helping that effort were Alpha-Lambda at Oregon State University, Lambda-Alpha at the University of New Orleans, and Alpha-Delta at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

The Lambda-Alpha chapter at New Orleans raised 145,788 pounds through the Watermelon Bash. Participants raised money and food both internally and within the community for donations to the local Feeding America Food Bank.

Joining the UNO chapter in the winner's circle as top fundraiser was Alpha-Lambda chapter at Oregon State, which raised 182,799 pounds of food by hosting a watermelon bust as the chapter's primary philanthropy. In this effort, the Oregon State chapter raised money for Community Outreach, a nonprofit focused on helping local financially disadvantaged households get back on their feet. The OSU's chapter held an auction, field day and final dance performance at its annual Watermelon Bust fundraiser.

The Alpha-Delta chapter at Missouri S&T raised 108,629 pounds of food through activities that include a "can-struction" event, said Walker. Teams collected non-perishable food items and competed in a can sculpture competition. The chapter also hosted a "Food Drive 4 Your Community" event and assisted in "Rolla's Got Talent" food bank fundraiser, she said.

The "three hardworking chapters...exceeded expectations and helped those in greatest need," Walker said. "Lambda Chi Alpha's partnership with feeding America helps them reach their goals of providing meals to the 1 in 6 Americans who face hunger."

Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that together provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America, said Walker. The nonprofit also supports programs that improve food security among the populations it serves; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for hunger prevention legislation.

 

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