On Friday, UNC fraternity and sorority chapter presidents participated in a meal packaging service event with nonprofit Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization headquartered in Raleigh.
Assistant Director of UNC Fraternity and Sorority Life Berengére Phillips contacted Rise Against Hunger to work with the President's Leadership Academy, consisting of fraternity and sorority chapter presidents and four governing council presidents who represent over 3,400 undergraduate students involved in Greek life at UNC.
Despite the Academy hosting an event for members every January, Phillips said this is the first year it has incorporated a service element to the event.
“Service is one thing that all of our organizations can get behind, (that) they have in common, and it's important,” Phillips said.
Phillips said she decided to work with Rise Against Hunger because she has worked with them before, and they help provide materials for the packaging of meals.
10,150 meals were packaged that will be going to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, she said.
At the event, about 50 representatives and presidents from UNC Greek life organizations participated in a competition to pack the most meals. There were multiple stations with about four fraternity or sorority representatives in an assembly line, all competing to finish their assigned meal packages first.
Phillips said this event was unique in how it combined the most important tenets of fraternity and sorority life.
“Our organizations are based on some pretty simple tenets, no matter what chapter, no matter what council,” Phillips said. “Brotherhood, sisterhood, siblinghood — those are all very important. Leadership, academics, philanthropy and service.”