This post was shared from Lambda Chi Alpha's blog. Lambda Chi Alpha is committed to helping Feeding America fight hunger.
To show commitment for fighting hunger, as well as Lambda Chi Alpha’s commitment to Feeding America, the professional staff at International Headquarters (IHQ) spent their Friday afternoon volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sept. 19.
A member of Feeding America, Gleaners reaches thousands of people in need of assistance, from the working poor or the unemployed to single parents and the elderly. Its mission is simple, to “lead the fight against hunger.”
“We here at Lambda Chi Alpha are also committed to the fight against hunger,” said CEO Bill Farkas, “So it’s important that we as a staff set an example and continue to find ways to volunteer and give back, such as helping out at Gleaners.”
Gleaners feeds those in need through food pantries, senior centers, shelters for battered women and children, homeless shelters and faith-based nonprofits.
In recognition of September being Hunger Action Month, IHQ staff decided it was time to lead by example and get to work.
After arriving, staff loaded boxes onto pallets, swept the warehouse floor, dissembled cardboard boxes and weighed/sorted perishable food items in Gleaner’s massive freezer warehouse.
When asked about the experience, Andrew Talevich, an associate director at IHQ, said that, “I feel it’s important to volunteer because there is such a broad and urgent need for volunteers to help families in need. It amazes me to think that close to 1 in 6 Americans are facing hunger. Without volunteers taking up the cause, these families would have no support.”
Director Tad Lichtenauer also added that, “It’s important to get out and volunteer because it supports Lambda Chi’s philosophy of giving back to society and always striving to be a better man. Any of us can experience hard times, so you never know when it may be one of us some day who is in need of food and other charitable donations.”
“When you volunteer it goes further than your own happiness, it literally inspires those around you to make a difference,” said Farkas. “It’s with this belief that we encourage our chapters to do the same type of work, to raise canned goods, to volunteer at the food bank and to advocate for this cause.”
This year Lambda Chi Alpha has set a goal to raise 2.5 million pounds of food, which can only be done with the help and support of its chapters nationwide.