Alpha Phi Omega, the coed service fraternity, is hosting the second annual Mobile Food Pantry on April 7 at the Interfaith Center to provide food for families in Livingston County.
Junior Sherry Leung said that she and Alpha Phi Omega started this project last year as a need to provide for those less fortunate in the surrounding area.
“This event came out from this need that I saw in the community after doing a bunch of volunteer projects all over Livingston County,” Leung said. “One of the biggest things I saw was that families were struggling to make ends meet. One of their biggest struggles was making sure that there was food on the table.”
Leung said the Mobile Food Pantry is a project she introduced to the brothers and worked on the event planning with a small committee. The committee includes Alpha Phi Omega president junior Christopher Pike, junior Rachel Eisenman and sophomore Cameron Houser.
According to Leung, Geneseo Wegmans donated $500 to Alpha Phi Omega to give to Foodlink, the organization that will provide the food for the Mobile Food Pantry.
According to its website, Foodlink “is the regional Feeding America food bank” to 10 counties in western and central New York. Foodlink has several programs, such as a farmer’s initiative to help people grow their own food and partnerships with local grocery stores to ship out food for various pantries.
Leung said that Alpha Phi Omega’s partnership with Foodlink began a few semesters ago through various service projects preceding the Mobile Food Pantry.
According to Leung, on the day of the event families will register and then wait to choose their food. The amount of food each family receives is based on the typical amount of food a four-person family would need.
Leung said about 300 families will benefit from the Mobile Food Pantry based on the amount of food Foodlink will provide.
In addition to the brothers from Alpha Phi Omega, Leung said that other volunteers include Coordinator of Student Volunteering and Service Learning and Geneseo Town Supervisor William Wadsworth.
“I think it’s easy for us as college students to very absorbed in our daily lives,” Leung said. “It’s sometimes hard to take the blinders off to see … what’s happening around in the community. There are a lot of families in Livingston County that need our help. I’m really glad I can help families in this way.”u