The UTHSC campus cabinet received a donation from the initiates of the Delta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Initiated members of the Delta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. recently gathered in Memphis for their day of reunion service and donated $1,400 in food and toiletries to the UTHSC Campus Cupboard.

The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center Campus Closet received a donation of $1,400 in supplies from initiated members of Alcorn State University’s Delta Epsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. during their recent Reunion Service Day in Memphis.

Initiated members of the Delta Epsilon Chapter across the country raised $1,400 to donate food and toiletries to the campus closet and became the first Greek-letter organization to stock the pantry. About 128 members gathered in Memphis to participate in fellowship and service for their meeting. Allison Norman, a second-year doctoral student in the biomedical sciences program at UTHSC’s College of Graduate Health Sciences and an initiate member of the chapter, was one of the organizers of the service event.

The UTHSC Campus Cupboard acts as an agency of the Mid-South Food Bank, providing toileting, food and food preparation education to the university community for those who need access to balanced meals for them themselves and their families.

Norman was told about the campus closet by other UTHSC students and offered to donate to the closet as a chapter service event to support the resource that directly affects students.

“We made a donation so that when people go on to graduate school, whether they’re international students or they’re from out of state, and they don’t have family here for them. help like the support system I have with the chapter, that we can help get them off to a good start if they are going through a tough time,” Norman said.

“Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is built on brotherhood and service, so what we stand for is giving back to our community,” she said. “Being able to help students who don’t have as much as we do, and with COVID going on, it’s a really tough time for all students, even those of us who have been here our whole lives or have a system of support here.”

Recognizing the growing concern of food insecurity in universities, the campus closet provides food and personal hygiene items to students, employees and their families. The pantry also provides access to recipe samples and cooking classes in partnership with the UTHSC College of Medicine’s Culinary Medicine Program.

“Being able to donate and directly help students transition or where they are right now has been very monumental for us,” Norman said. “And to see families and students with children going there for food and supplies, it was really touching for us to be able to have a direct impact on the campus community.”

Jess Guthrie, MFA, assistant director of community engagement in the Office of Student Affairs and Community Engagement, bottom left, with Allison Norman, bottom right, and initiated members of the Delta Epsilon Chapter at the campus closet at the chapter meeting service event.

Jess Guthrie, MFA, assistant director of community engagement in the office of student affairs and community engagement, said it was a pleasure to work with the chapter and to receive their donation.

“I was expecting maybe a few boxes, but they dropped off three or four carloads of supplies. It was a real impromptu giveaway, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, because the Mid -South Food Bank recently ran out of supplies. Guthrie says. “They were so happy and bubbly, it was like I had been invited to a pantry party. It was emotional to realize they had done so much to help people they didn’t know and would probably never meet.

The campus cabinet is located at 220 S. Dudley Street and is open Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To donate, visit the campus cabinet during its hours of operation. operation, or email Jess Guthrie at [email protected] for an appointment.

For more information on giving food or monetary donations as well as volunteer opportunities, visit uthsc.edu/sace/campus-cupboard/donations.php.

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