Sorority joins virtual effort to help fight area food insecurity

Sorority joins virtual effort to help fight area food insecurity

For the past five years, the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated has supported the 9 Food Drive by collecting hundreds of pounds of nonperishable food.

But this year, the sorority is switching to an online approach.

“Because of the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing, we are forced to think of creative ways to fulfill our mission of serving the citizens of Charlotte,” said Melody Harris, president of the local chapter. “Virtual opportunities seem to be our new normal of getting things done.”

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Second Harvest has expressed its need for funds to purchase healthy shelf-stable items for food boxes. These boxes will help feed families whose children are missing school meals, seniors being asked to stay safely in their homes, those in need of food who are quarantined and employees in our community being impacted by decreases in work hours.

“We are committed to addressing the critical needs of our communities and recognize that our efforts are urgently needed during this time,” Harris said.

For the past 15 years, WSOC-TV and Second Harvest have partnered to end area hunger through the 9 Food Drive. One unforeseen effect of the coronavirus has been significant changes to how food donations can be collected and distributed.

This year, the 9 Food Drive campaign is transitioning to a virtual food drive and will only accept online monetary donations.

“The Charlotte Alumnae Chapter supports WSOC TV’s food drive annually,” Harris said. “We are excited that COVID-19 did not prevent us from participating again this year.”

With Second Harvest staff packing 2,500 boxes a week and an additional 10,000 boxes a week being packed by volunteers at the Charlotte Convention Center, the food bank will be packing tens of thousands of food boxes within the next 30 days.

Second Harvest has a donation program in place with different levels of giving. Donors can equate their monetary donation to what can be supplied by the food bank.

Here are some of the giving levels:

  • Donating $7 will help provide a food backpack for children missing school meals. ​
  • Donating $13 will help provide a food box of 12 to 13 healthy staple items.
  • Donating $25 will help provide a seven-day nutritionally balanced food box.

Food boxes are filled with a variety of items (e.g., peanut butter for protein, cereal, fruit and vegetables). Each box varies depending on what items the food bank can purchase.