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CHAPTER NEWS

BY BROTHER CHARLES BANKS

Alpha Brothers Donate to Local Food Pantries During Pandemic

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ecognizing the critical need during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Brothers of the Kappa Iota Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated presented financial support to two food pantries in Burlington County on May 18th. Brother Tony Jamison, Chairman of the Food Pantry Donation Committee, led the chapter in the process of considering candidates for support after it was determined that something needed to be done. “It was a worthwhile need within the community, that we men of Alpha felt we could help fulfill,” says Brother Jamison. “When great men come together great things happen.” Candidates were evaluated based on the service they provide to the Burlington County area, their ability to serve those in need, whether or not they directly distribute to those in need, the duration of the organization’s operation, and its demonstrated need for support. “With the unemployment rate going up, hunger has gone up in our area,” explains Brother Louis Finney, President of the Kappa Iota Lambda Chapter. “We really wanted to assist organizations that were not receiving a lot of support from elsewhere.” After eliminating organizations that were unresponsive or did not show their direct impact on the local community, the committee decided upon Sisterhood Incorporated and the Extended Hands Ministries. Sisterhood Incorporated has been supporting the Burlington area for over 25 years, and under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Hilda J. Covington, the organization serves approximately 100 individuals per week with food from its food pantry.

Dr. Covington’s late husband, Brother Theodore Covington, was a faithful and very respected member of the Kappa Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. Sisterhood, Inc. does not receive any grant money for their effort because accepting grant money would require individuals seeking aid to, sometimes unwillingly, present identification. “We freely receive, and we freely give,” explains Dr. Covington. The Extended Hands Ministries (TEHM) was founded in 1984 and operates a food pantry, soup kitchen and a shelter in Mount Holly, NJ and provides support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mr. Michael Gould, director, stated the funds will be used to purchase items not provided by food banks and to replenish its canned goods stock. In addition to its food pantry, TEHM provides four meals a week to those in need in its dining area. TEHM provides food to 174 families each month from its food pantry. “Honestly, I felt grateful to be a part of helping families experiencing difficulties especially in these current hard times,” says Brother Jamie Cassius, a Spring ’20 initiate. The Brothers were able to donate a total of $1,700, including two checks for $850 each on May 18. The Kappa Iota Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. exists to develop leaders, promote brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy to the Burlington County community. S

Far left: (L-R) Michael Gould (Director), Jennie Lane (Manager), Brother President Louis Finney Left: (L-R) Brother President Louis Finney, Rev. Christina Covington (Executive Director)

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