This was the second year for the Easter Basket project. In 2015, 9 Easter Baskets were donated; this was expanded to 27 families in 2016 with a plan to expand again in 2017. Additionally, we will add some candy for the young ones who may not get any otherwise.
Unfortunately, there is such a food deficit in Allegheny County. The school currently has a Food Bank on site because of the great need to service students whose families are not able to provide consistent hearty meals. In addition to expanding the number of families that we will serve next year, we will also collect monies and non-perishable food products to add to the inventory of the MLK Food Bank. Soror Renee White Carter, Chairperson of the project, thanked the chapter for its continuing support of this program.
Food insecurity exists in every county in the U.S., ranging from a low of 4% to a high of 33%. Households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (19%) and Black non-Hispanic households (26%) (Source: FeedAmerica.org) In Pittsburgh, the food insecurity rate is 14.4% (Source: Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank).
Pittsburgh Alumnae Chapter President Diana Jaden stated that “the chapter is committed to helping to reduce the number of children and families who face food insecurity through our Fight Hunger Program. Through our Thanksgiving Basket and Easter Basket projects, we have reached over 100 families this fiscal year.”