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AKA chapter donates to mission

Sarah Robinson | Times-Journal helping hands: Members of the Senior Culturama Club of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Zeta Eta Omega Chapter donate more than 100 canned goods to Reginald Smith, left, with Edmundite Missions’ Bosco Food Kitchen, on Tuesday. The club gave to the kitchen, which provides about 1,000 meals daily to the less fortunate, to help fulfill its mission to teach young ladies the importance of giving back

Members of the Senior Culturama Club of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Zeta Eta Omega Chapter donate more than 100 canned goods to Reginald Smith, left, with Edmundite Missions’ Bosco Food Kitchen, on Tuesday. The club gave to the kitchen, which provides about 1,000 meals daily to the less fortunate, to help fulfill its mission to teach young ladies the importance of giving back

The Edmundite Missions’ Bosco Food Kitchen will have an easier time serving its customers this Thanksgiving thanks to a large donation from a local organization.

The Senior Culturama Club of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s Zeta Eta Omega Chapter donated more than 100 canned goods Tuesday. The chapter collected the food from family, friends and school systems.

The effort will provide food for the less fortunate and remind the chapter, which is made up of ninth through 12th grade girls, about the importance of giving back to the community.

“We try to enhance their leadership, their service and their cultural commitment,” said Tracey Shannon, an advisor for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. “We know that we have an abundance of everything here in America, but there are people here who don’t. It’s importance for them to realize that service is a part of everyday life.”

For more than 15 years, the Zeta Eta Omega Chapter has chosen a community center to donate to in honor of World Food Day. Celebrated on Oct. 16, the day serves as a time to fight against hunger.

The kitchen, which is affiliated with a nonprofit Catholic organization with a mission to serve the low-income community, provides about 1,000 meals daily to those in need.

Bosco Food Kitchen is always appreciative of support, according to nutrition director Brad Perry.

“There are a lot of people that come in to eat, and any help that we can get from the outside is appreciated,” he said. “It’s very nice to see these folks who came in here today, especially the young people, take pride in their community.”

Member Talisia Howard said the Tuesday effort came at the right time, considering that the holidays are just around the corner.

“Now, they can be able to enjoy food just like we can for Thanksgiving,” Howard said.