Aiken sorority works to end childhood hunger

Submitted photo Kappa Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. collects items for its Childhood Hunger Project. Pictured, standing, from left, are Kendra Williams, Antoinette Noble-Web, Kimberly Holland, Patricia Price, Audrey Ogletree, Cynthia Williams, Gwendolyn White and the Rev. Dr. Leona B. Guyton; middle row, from left, are Shirley Abney, Deborah Roberson, Dr. Rosa Ishmal, Dorothy Merriweather Brightharp and the Rev. Debbie McCain; front row, from left, are Sharon Childs, Dr. Myrtis Brightharp-Walker and Mary Callaham.

Kappa Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. members believe stronger families work together to create stronger communities. KUO will continue a long-standing commitment to strengthening the family unit by executing the program, Childhood Hunger. Members were asked to donate dry goods and boxed products in lieu of canned goods. This target, Family Strengthening is designed to serve 10-15 families in the Aiken and Edgefield county areas.

Kappa Upsilon Omega Chapter purchased gift certificates in the amount of $50 for each family to purchase meat. Groceries were brought to Second Baptist Church in Aiken, where the Pastor is Rev. Dr. Douglas Slaughter. The distribution site was scheduled for Oct. 15 from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. for preparation of the food packages with pick up by 2 p.m. There were approximately 20 participating Sorors and those that were not able to be present for the distribution sent their food or money (to purchase food) by other Sorors. Also assisting KUO with the distribution were three non-violent juvenile offenders who were giving back to their community. KUO was able to organize and box up food to distribute to the sixteen families identified. To identify the families in the greatest need of assistance, there was communication through Sherida Knox – Stroman for Aiken County area and Betty Butler for the Edgefield area.

The President of the KUO Chapter is Attorney Kim Anderson Ray. The Project Coordinator for the Childhood Hunger Project is Soror Kendra Williams, co-chair, Dr. Rosa Ishmal. To assist with contributions to the can food drive, KUO also sponsored “KUO Gets Spooky for Hunger” chaired by Soror Ashley B. Mosely.