Submitted by Nicole Duncan-Smith
The Community Service Committee of the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated rounded out Founders Day weekend by participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 16 at the Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH) food distribution warehouse.
The committee honored the sorority’s founders by serving others, as they did so selflessly 110 years ago, working earnestly to preserve their legacy through deeds and charitable acts.
The committee chose the TCAH because of its commitment to feeding the unsheltered and poor in a city where nearly 1.5 million citizens are currently experiencing food insecurity, including one in four children.
TCAH aims to empower its neighbors across Brooklyn to lead healthier, more productive, and self-sufficient lives by increasing their access to nutritious food and related resources, providing three million meals annually while acting as a hub for benefits access and food justice programming. The organization also serves as a wellness club for seniors, an intergenerational healthy dining initiative for families, a free summer kids’ program and has an Instacart-like program where people can go on to the app and order food to be delivered to their home for free if they are food insecure.
Eighteen sorors who participated signed up in one of two different shifts starting at 9 a.m. to noon and ending from 1 to 4 p.m.
In between shifts, maternal health advocate Shawnee Benton-Gibson, founder of the Spirit of a Woman Development Institute and the executive producer of the award-winning documentary, “Aftershock,” spoke about the film and the power of “birthing people”— and the need for those individuals to be protected. She also spoke about being “hungry” as a child and misdirecting that frustration on her mother, who struggled to feed her children. As an adult, she understood her mother did the best that she could and that people in need of support are simply … people in need of support.
Another organization that served with with Brooklyn Alumnae was the Alpha Epsilon chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Together, with some members of the community, they generated an estimated 4,000 bags of groceries — consisting of cereal, coffee, penne pasta, angel hair pasta, can tuna, lentil beans, split peas, crystal light, and condiments — for the underserved in over six hours.
The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter was responsible for over a quarter of those bags, preparing 1,013.