Richmond, Virginia, Saturday, August 8, 2020, John Marshall High School. Brothers of Upsilon Nu, Third District participated in the “Fed 5,000” event. Brothers supported the event by setting up tents, packing boxes for distribution and aiding in the distribution of those much-needed care packages. Recognizing the massive need for volunteers to support this initiative, members of Team Loaded Foundation put out a call for volunteers.

Team Loaded Foundation, launched this community food drive with a goal of feeding 5,000 families, as part of the “Call to Action” program. Anyone from Metro Richmond was able to participate. One of the leaders of Team Loaded Foundation, Brother Kevin Bettis, highlighted that the event was a huge success feeding 5,200 families.

The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has created unexpected hardships on many families in the Richmond metro area. One of those hardships involves the ability for families to have nutritional meals. Hundreds of cars lined up to receive groceries, receive masks, register to vote and get tested for the Coronavirus.

One volunteer said the event was about being committed to investing in our own community and supporting each other in this difficult time.

According to Feeding America; even in the world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county across America. Many reasons causing this issue, including socioeconomic conditions.

• In 2018, More than 37 million people struggled with hunger in the United States, including more than 11 million children.
• A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
• Children are more likely to face food insecurity than any other group in the United States.
• The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of families without stable employment. More than 54.3 million people, including 18 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2020

Submitted by Bro. Michael Swain and Bro. Michael Edwards Pictures By: Bro. Michael Swain