It is a cold, blistery, winter morning as a young mother shuffles into her kitchen to prepare breakfast for her three hungry children.
She opens her pantry, removing the few meager items left. Knowing there is not enough to feed everyone in her family of four, she tells her children, “Mom isn’t very hungry today.”
She gives her portion to assure her children eat.
This is not a synopsis for a movie or a stage play. This is reality for all too many of our neighbors in the Blue Water Area.
For 29 years, the Lambda Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa has stepped up to the plate, sponsoring a food collection drive to assist neighbors in our area.
St. Clair County Community College student and Lambda Mu President, Greg Lane, said he participates because he likes helping in the community.
According to Tom Obee the drive that started in 1982 was out of necessity impart because of the recession. Obee said that a colleague of his that was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society contacted him for help in feeding the hungry of the area. Obee explained that St. Vincent DePaul’s was opening a food depot and needed immediate donations so they could open.
“We did that first food drive from the college and it netted over 1600 lbs and a few hundred dollars,” said Obee. As a result of Lambda Mu’s support and the effort of St. Vincent DePaul, the Food Depot was born.
Since that first food drive, Obee said he believes Lambda Mu has donated well over 100,000 pounds of food and about $15,000 dollars since the first food drive.
“Over the years, we have generally been the third largest supporter of the Food Depot,” said Obee.
Phi Theta Kappa BWAA Alumni President, Dan Martini, continues to participate after graduating from SC4.
“It is a important cause and it helps a lot of people in our community,” said Martini.
Drop boxes can be found throughout the SC4 campus throughout the campus. Last day of the collection drive is set for Dec.9.