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Lambda Chi Alpha Launches Partnership

On Saturday, July 27, 2013, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and Feeding America formally announced a new national partnership designed to improve the fraternity’s food collection programs on 190 college campuses in the United States.

The announcement was made by Lambda Chi Alpha CEO Bill Farkas at the Fraternity’s summer educational leadership seminar on the University of Memphis campus in Memphis, Tennessee.

“This is another significant milestone for our 100-year old fraternity,” Farkas said. “The importance of giving back to their local communities is one of the key experiences college men learn when they join Lambda Chi Alpha. I believe this partnership with Feeding America will provide our 10,000 undergraduate members with the resources and tools they need to dramatically increase our collection totals for local Feeding America food banks.”

Through this partnership, Feeding America will provide Lambda Chi Alpha chapters with Volunteer Engagement Guidelines and Food Drive Best Practices. In addition, Feeding America will publicize the events held as well as the food totals collected by Lambda Chi Alpha’s chapters through its national network of 202 food banks, on its blog and via Feeding America’s social media outlets.

“We are delighted to be deepening our partnership with Lambda Chi Alpha,” said Kelli Walker, manager, corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “Not only is this national fraternity’s on-going commitment to hunger relief commendable, but we’re honored by the chapters’ commitment to improve their processes so that their collective volunteer impact can become even greater.”

During the fall of 2012, prior to the new partnership, Lambda Chi Alpha chapters collected more than one million pounds of food (equivalent to approximately 833,333 meals). Since 1993, Lambda Chi Alpha has maintained a food drive that encouraged chapters to donate non-perishable food. These efforts have raised more than 40 million pounds of food for the needy.

In addition to expanding the number of participating chapters and total amount of food collected, Lambda Chi Alpha believes the partnership with Feeding America will help strengthen the local relationships between chapters and member food banks and increase collaborative opportunities.

Unfortunately, hunger exists everywhere in the United States—in every county and every community. Last year, Feeding America provided 2.82 billion meals to 37 million people in all 50 states, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico. Some of the most shocking statistics about hunger are:

  • 1 in 6 Americans face hunger
  • According to the USDA, nearly 17 million children are living in food-insecure households
  • 36 percent of households served by Feeding America network include at least one adult who works
  • Approximately 23 percent of the adult client interviewed in Hunger in America 2010 have attended college or a technical school
  • Approximately 3 million rural households experience food insecurity
  • According to the USDA, limited resources prevent more than 50 million Americans from getting enough food

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

About Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest men’s general fraternities in North America with more than 275,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 universities. In the early 1970s, it was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, and other challenges facing today’s college student. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, and lifelong friendships. To learn more about Lambda Chi Alpha and its traditions, principles, and ideals, please visit www.lambdachi.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LambdaChi or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LambdaChiAlpha.

Feeding America Blog

Making a Difference on Collegiate Campuses

By Bill Farkas, Lambda Chi Alpha CEO

Watching college-aged men show others the value of serving those around them can change a person’s stereotype, perspective and even their life. This past summer I was able to inform over 500 undergraduate men that our organization, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, has become a partner with Feeding America in the fight to end hunger.

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Feeding America Blog

My Experience with Lambda Chi Alpha and Feeding America

By Austin Craft, Philanthropy Chair, Ball State chapter

I am a junior Public Relations major and a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha’s Iota-Alpha chapter at Ball State University and I have a unique opportunity. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I get to go work at our International Headquarters in Indianapolis. I have the privilege of not only working with my fellow undergraduate brothers at Ball State but with undergraduates across the country as well as with the Professional Staff at Lambda Chi Headquarters.

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Feeding America Blog

Changing Lives

By Justin Friend, Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Leadership Consultant

I first started my fight to help cure hunger when I was a senior public relations major at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. It began as a required internship that happened to be unpaid at Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, which is a part of the Feeding America network. At first I only saw it as a class credit and one step closer to graduation, but by the end, I would have never guessed the amazing endeavors I would get to be a part of. I was hired on as the Assistant of Fundraising and Development. My sole duties were public relations in nature, but I would plan and execute events that raised monetary and food donations, meet and grow relationships with many repeat donors, and contact media outlets to help promote organizations that were planning events to benefit the food bank. The food bank itself, was a state of the art facility that is the second largest in Indiana. It was growing in size and was on track to reach a goal of 13 million pounds of food distributed to the region’s 70,000 people that relied on the food bank to give them something to eat.

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