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Wednesday February 8th

This UNC fraternity donated over $17,000 in dues to local hunger relief efforts

Buy Photos UNC fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon Beta Chapter donated $17,600 to TABLE, a non-profit that provides hunger relief and nutritional education to children living in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area.The money came from DKE's leftover dues.

UNC fraternity Delta Kappa Epsilon Beta Chapter has donated $17,600 of their leftover dues to TABLE, a non-profit that provides hunger relief and nutritional education to children living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and surrounding communities.

“We started brainstorming ideas of what to do with our dues after classes were cancelled,” Vance Brice, president of UNC's DKE chapter, said. “We wanted to help a charity during these unprecedented times.”

The fraternity also donated all of the food they had left over in their food pantry to the non-profit, DKE Treasurer Chris Vaughan said.

"It was amazing to see how quickly we put the plan into action, even though we’re all apart," Vaughan said. “We have had overwhelming support and we’re glad we can make a difference towards the local community.”

Brice said that Meg Miller, DKE's house mother, has contributed to the organization before, which helped the fraternity decide to donate. 

“We figured that went hand-in-hand perfectly, since their whole agenda is working with nutrition, hunger and education services,” Brice said.

Prior to COVID-19, TABLE fed 720 kids every week, Suzanne Tormollen, director of community relations, said.

The non-profit typically distributes bags of food to students at local schools, in addition to running an after-school nutrition education program. 

“Now with COVID-19, things are different,” Tormollen said. “Now, we deliver door-to-door to these children’s homes. We estimate that over the course of these past four weeks, we have donated 24,000 meals.” 

Volunteers deliver food every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Tormollen said. 

“We partnered with local restaurants and it has taken a community effort to keep it going,” Tormollen said. “By delivering directly to homes, we have taken off the pressure on those who cannot access community distribution points.” 

Tormollen said DKE’s donation of $17,600 will help them fill 880 bags worth of food, which is about 1,760 meals.

Brice said he hopes other fraternities and sororities will make similar contributions to charity.

“I want this to spur other Greek organizations into action," Brice said. "I wanted us to serve as an example to them, and hopefully they’ll do other similar efforts."

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