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Fraternity helps local food pantry

April 22, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

A local fraternity collected over 800 individual food items to help the needy in West Point and Clay County.
The Eta Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. accepted canned food donations for the Project Homestead of Clay County food pantry Saturday at the Kroger parking lot in West Point.
West Point resident and Eta Xi brother Rod Bobo said that members of the fraternity gathered in the Kroger lot from 9 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m. and collected 843 items for the food pantry.
“Our fraternity is service-oriented,” Bobo said. “We try to do things to uplift the community and help people out any way we can.”
Bobo said that the fraternity also held a successful drive for the food pantry last year.
“Last year we collected about 600 items and this year was even bigger,” he said.
Bob said that food pantry drives are just one of the community service projects in which Omega Psi Phi participates in. The fraternity takes part in Adopt-A-Family, offer scholarships and host voter registration drives.
Bill East of Project Homestead said the results of the canned-food drive were “stupendous.”
“Over 800 cans is the equivalent of some of the larger drives we’ve done at schools in the community,” East said.
East said the pantry provides food to about 325 families in Clay County.

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