Philadelphia Alumnae Sponsors Food Insecurity Project
Submitted by Committee Chair, Wanda Sabb, Third Vice President
One of the prevailing topics of this notable time in the nation’s history has been the economic impact the pandemic has had on communities of color. In addition to rampant social injustices and educational inequalities, many families were faced with the dilemma of finding ways to provide nutritious meals for their loved ones. Food insecurity is the condition by which people cannot meet their dietary needs consistently. Food insecurity can range from periodic access to famine. According to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent of Americans or more than 50 million people, live in households that are food insecure.
As Philadelphia Alumnae was planning for the Officers’ Projects for the sorority year, its President, Penny Sparks Nixon, indicated a preference that the chapter center its efforts on serving Philadelphia’s Black community. She reminded everyone of the chapter’s mission statement and the commitment members made to public service with the primary focus on the Black community. To that end, the vice presidents identified local food pantries that met this criterion.
After researching several programs, the chapter agreed to support the “Mighty Writers Food Pantry” located in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, which reports one of the highest food insecurity rates in the city. The Mighty Writers Food Pantry grew out of the need to support students who attend the McMichael School. It was initially designed as an after-school program to foster student achievement in reading and writing. A shift occurred when Program Director Christina Rissell realized, “you can’t think and write with clarity if you are hungry.” Out of a desire to continue to support the Mantua community, the “Mighty Writers Food Pantry” was born.
Members of the Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter made monetary donations through the months of December 2020 and January 2021 with the intent of purchasing needed items to furnish the Mighty Writers Food Pantry. Although the weather provided some delays, the chapter was able to donate more than $4,200 in baby formula, wipes, and other nonperishable food items to the “Mighty Writers Food Pantry!” Members of the community were overjoyed as three vehicles filled with the PAC items were unloaded. Some of the community members remarked that they had “never received such a generous donation!” Philadelphia Alumnae is proud to be able to support such a remarkable community-based program!
Submitted by Committee Chair, Wanda Sabb, Third Vice President One of the prevailing topics of this notable time in the nation’s history has been the economic impact the pandemic has had on communities of color. In addition to rampant social injustices and educational inequalities, many families were faced with the dilemma of finding ways to …