AKA plans to distribute 100 boxes of food during Saturday program

Published 10:47 pm Thursday, December 7, 2023

The Mu Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. plans to hand out 100 food boxes to underserved families in the Vicksburg area during a food distribution from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Vicksburg Housing Authority Center, 131 Elizabeth Circle.

Members will also be distributing winter accessories such as hats, scarves and mittens. In addition, the sorority members will donate $2,000 to Caring Hands Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care LLC of Vicksburg, a company that provides services for up to 10 hours a day for children ages birth up to 21 years of age with special medical conditions.

The food boxes will include a turkey or ham, sweet potatoes, green beans and other food items and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis “but our target group is the underserved,” AKA President Pam Newton said.

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While the sorority has distributed food boxes before, Newton said this distribution is part of a program initiative called “Empower Our Families” which has a goal of reducing childhood hunger.

According to information from the sorority, the food distribution is part of a program called the Childhood Hunger Initiative Power Pack, or AKA CHIPP, which provides weekend and holiday meals for children within local communities.

The housing authority center was selected because the local chapter adopted Warren Central Intermediate as a recipient of AKA Power Packs. As of Friday, the MXO chapter has distributed over 1,100 nonperishable food items to students for weekend and holiday feeding.

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