Sorority, fraternity team up to package thousands of meals to be sent overseas

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Under stylish hairnets are the giving minds and hearts of nearly 200 volunteers Saturday morning.

The Huntsville Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated teamed up the Xi Omicron chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, to package the food alongside Stop Hunger Now -- an organization that provides the food and supplies to willing volunteers, then ships the prepackaged meals to countries in need.

"Part of our national Five Point Thrust for Delta Sigma Theta is International Awareness and Involvement," explained event chair Sharifa Wip.

The historically black service organizations also made it a point to invite the public to engage non-Greeks in public service.

"All of this is part of our social action that we do every year to reach out to the community," said Gerald Vines of the Xi Omicron chapter.

Many volunteers also brought their children, hoping to instill the value of service.

"My mom's a Delta, and she's all about helping others," said teenager Sarah Toney, packaging food alongside her mother and father. "I love helping others because we're the next generation so we need to help others at a young age."

The group packaged more than 11,000 meals in less than an hour, and the nutrient-rich packs have a 2-year shelf life.

Stop Hunger Now sends the packaged food to 65 countries, this batch is likely to go to Belize.