UCF Panhellenic event aims to whisk away world hunger
Global hunger is a rising issue, but UCF students can volunteer to make a difference.
The UCF Panhellenic Council will host its third annual Pack to Attack Hunger event Sunday to contribute to the cause for eliminating global hunger.
UCF is working with Feeding Children Everywhere, a social charity that empowers people to assemble healthy meals for hungry children, to make the event successful.
The event will be held at The Venue on campus, and participants are asked to arrive at 11 a.m. Volunteers will begin packaging meals at 11:30 a.m.
Currently, the food insecurity rate in Florida is at a rising 19.2 percent, according to the Pack to Attack Hunger website.
Participants were asked to raise a minimum of $30 to attend. Greek life, UCF Athletics and other organizations from the UCF community will be in attendance.
The goal for money raised was $25,000, and has been surpassed with a total of $37,288.87.
The top teams are: Alpha Epsilon Phi with $4,261.37; Pi Beta Phi with $2,842.69; Delta Zeta with $2,755; and 2014 Rho Gammas with $2,333.89.
The top participants are: Adi Graff with $570; Stephanie Sobolewski with $490; Olivia Philippone with $400; and Ericka Lott with $495.
The top donations are: UCF Athletics with $1,814.70; TOTOGS Donation with $1,281.70; an anonymous donor with $1,281.70; and Alpha Epsilon Phi with $1,000.
Organizations have been raising money by sharing their team pages on social media, collecting money during chapter meetings and planning partial proceeds events, said Adi Graff, the Panhellenic vice president of community involvement
"The Panhellenic Council is looking forward to bringing the UCF community together to make a tangible difference by hand-packaging meals and feeding hungry children in the Orlando area," said Graff, a junior advertising-public relations major.
The hand-packaged meals will include ingredients such as lentils, white rice, vegetables and pink Himalayan salt.
"There will be great music, good fun and the chance to make a tangible difference in the life of a hungry child," the website states.