One Oklahoma State University fraternity is doing its part to help the Stillwater community this holiday season when it held its first ever food drive “Hunger No More” that collected 1,500 pounds of food for the Salvation Army.

Members of the Xi Mu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., held true to its motto of “Culture for service, service for humanity,” as it collected food on the OSU campus from Oct. 9-Nov. 21 and donated the collection to the local organization to benefit disadvantaged residents during this special time of year.

Phi Beta Sigma President and OSU Student Cory Steward said serving the community is something he loves to do and something that is part his responsibility as a member of the fraternity.

“That’s what we’re supposed to do,” Steward said. “We have the responsibility to uplift and change the community.”

The idea for the food drive came last summer during one of the fraternity’s regular meetings when Steward and other members were trying to figure out an important community service activity they could be a part of.

Steward said when one of his friends mentioned to him that Oklahoma had the highest rate of food insecurity and hunger a couple years ago, it was clear to him what the fraternity needed to do.

Phi Beta Sigma member Eddie Bradford said the idea of collecting food to help others in the community affected him on a personal level.

“Being someone who knows what it is like to not always know where your next meal is coming from, the idea of collecting and donating food really affected me personally,” Bradford said.

For more than a month, members of the fraternity stood outside convenient stores on campus collecting donations from students. As an incentive, the fraternity was able to offer students a chance to win prizes, including gift certificates and coupons from local businesses, if they donated food to the drive.

Steward said many businesses in Stillwater committed themselves to the cause through their sponsorship and donations and along with the Stillwater and OSU communities made the program possible.

Graduate member of the fraternity and RISE Coordinator at OSU Anthony Walker said it being the first year of the food drive, the group learned a lot and future food drives will be even more successful because of that.

“Raising more than 1,400 pounds of food provides a strong foundation for us and will also allow food drive goals to be set to a higher standard,” Walker said.

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