Submitted by Carolyn Hicks Washington, Public Relations Committee Chairman
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., made a significant impact towards the “Fight against Childhood Hunger”, by making a donation of 100 bags packed with at least 50 or more healthy breakfast food servings. These highly nutritious and energy charged foods totaled up to 5,336 servings.
With breakfast being such a critical start to each day, it became the identified meal. The chapter’s Family Strengthening and Health Promotion Committees joined forces to host the educational and nutritional service project, “Breakfast Buddies.” The project’s primary purpose was to address “Childhood Hunger.” Childhood Hunger is one of the three major components of the Family Strengthening Committee’s focus. To accomplish this goal, nutritional breakfast foods were packed and distributed to ensure students have continued healthy breakfast servings during the summer months.
In partnership with BB&T and Walmart, 100, pre-selected students from North Fork Elementary School, located in Broward County under the administration of Rendolyn Amaker, received “Breakfast Buddies” gift bags containing food items such as oatmeal, grits and dry cereals. Student participants invited to the “Breakfast Buddies” program were in grades one-five. This community service project also featured an educational and interactive component on reading labels and making healthy food choices where chapter members actively partnered and assisted students.
Chapter President, Annette Johnson-Hurry, Broward County School Board Chair-man, Dr. Rosalind Osgood along with the Family Strengthening and Health Promotions committee chairmen presented thank you letters and certificates of appreciation to representatives from BB&T and Walmart for their dutiful efforts and financial contributions that assisted in the implementation of this project.
Project coordinators were Barbara Lumpkins, Tracy Lockhart-Talley, Leila Lumpkins, Gail Bouie, Sylvia Sloan-Jones, and Rae Nicklos-Welch. This event was recorded live by BECON-TV for Broward County Schools.