A recent study by the School Nutrition Association shows that 75 percent of school districts have reported unpaid student meal debt. The impact of this debt on students and their families isn’t just financial – but it is mentally straining as well.
Serving as a beacon in Berkeley and Dorchester counties, the Xi Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, hosted a Gala on Saturday, December 7, to raise necessary funds for students who have a lunch debt at Alston Bailey Elementary School in Summerville. Members of the chapter made a check presentation to Principal Vernisa Bodison Thursday, December 19 at Alston Bailey Elementary School in Summerville.
“The crisis of lunch debt is something that we are seeing all across the United States,” said Damien Seabrook, President of Xi Phi Lambda. “The Brothers of Xi Phi Lambda saw this as a project that we could get behind and we knew that our community supporters would help to support it as well.”
Over the last 35 years, the chapter’s membership has increased and its presence has contributed greatly to the local community of Summerville and the surrounding areas. Xi Phi Lambda proudly takes part in Project Alpha; A Voteless People, Is A Hopeless People Voters’ Registration effort; the Brother’s Keeper Program; Go to High School, Go to College Program; the March of Dimes – March for Babies Campaign and the Annual Salvation Army Holiday Bell Ringing. Currently, the Chapter has a membership of close to 40 active members from a variety of fields including but not limited to: Education, Business, Legal and Law Enforcement, Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and the Armed Forces.
For more information on Xi Phi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, visit www.summervillealphas.com