Lambda Chi Alpha, in Partnership with Feeding America, Raised More Than 4.4 Million Pounds of Food over the Last Year

CARMEL, Ind., Aug. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, in partnership with Feeding America, raised more than 4.4 million pounds of food during the past year.

Since beginning the partnership with Feeding America in 2013, Lambda Chi Alpha's 190 chapters have raised more than 10.6 million pounds. This equates to nearly 9 million meals for the one in seven Americans facing hunger, including 15 million children.

Lambda Chi Alpha's recent record-setting semesters were led by the Alpha-Lambda chapter at Oregon State University with 330,720 pounds, the Delta-Sigma chapter at University of North Carolina-Wilmington with 260,399 pounds, and the Lambda-Alpha chapter from the University of New Orleans with 257,500 pounds.

"Gentlemen of Lambda Chi Alpha you have outdone yourself this past year," said Kelli Walker, director of corporate partnerships for Feeding America, during her remarks at the fraternity's recent summer conference. "Given the alignment of our values, it makes complete sense for Lambda Chi and Feeding America to partner together to fight hunger."

Since 1993, Lambda Chi Alpha has maintained an ongoing commitment to hunger relief with the former "North American Food Drive," which encouraged chapters to donate non-perishable food. That spirit and commitment now continues through the ongoing partnership with Feeding America.

"The sad reality is there are many families and individuals who struggle with food insecurity," said Lambda Chi Alpha CEO Bill Farkas. "We need to do everything in our power to help eradicate this tragic situation. For this upcoming year, I'd like to challenge us to raise 5 million pounds of food for Feeding America."

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Headquartered in Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Ind., Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest men's general fraternities in North America with more than 280,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 universities. In the early 1970s, it was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, sexual assault and other challenges facing today's college student. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development and lifelong friendships. To learn more about Lambda Chi Alpha and its traditions, principles, and ideals, please visit http://www.lambdachi.org.

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CONTACT: Tad Lichtenauer Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity tlichtenauer@lambdachi.org 317-803-7322Source: lambda chi alpha fraternity