Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity collects 2,000 pounds of food for local pantries

MARIETTA — Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Marietta College, with assistance from the college and the community, has collected 2,000 pounds of food to be donated to local food pantries.

“I could not be happier with all of the work done by so many of the members in the community,” said Robert Felton of Wheeling,  class of 2018, Lambda Chi Alpha President. “This was a great display of the change that is achievable when the community comes together with the school.”

The food has been taken to the First Congregational Church and will be dispersed through Feeding America.

“I am excited about the young men of this fraternity who constantly strive to better themselves holistically,” said Dr. William Bauer, advisor and McCoy Associate Professor of Education. “Service before self, is a constant theme of this group and you can start to see it on a daily basis. It’s exciting to see the positive collaboration across campus and the community being implemented by this group and it is very exciting to see the enthusiasm.”

Brown bags donated from Giant Eagle were placed at individual houses around the community. Lambda Chi Alpha teamed up with Marietta College Police, who provided a drop-off point for community members to donate the food.

“This was extremely rewarding for a group of young me to come together with the community and make a difference for those in need during the holiday season,” said Alex Hogan ’18 (Marietta, Ohio), the fraternity’s student alumni adviser.

Lambda Chi Alpha also partnered with the College’s men’s basketball team during the Pioneers’ Nov. 23rd contest with Wooster. Bauer said community members showed great support for the Feeding America cause by bringing non-perishable food items to the game. He also added that The Bauer Fund, along with The Pioneer Pipeline Program, played a critical role in the success of the project by spreading the word across the community.

“This is what the men of Lambda Chi Alpha signed up for,” said William Walther, of  Pataskala, Ohio, class of 2018, philanthropy chairman for the fraternity. “We want to help those in need. It was incredible to see how much support we received from other groups and community members, and we will need this again in the future.”