Every month, on the second Saturday, the Brothers of Psi Alpha Alpha (PsiAA) Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. gather at the Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) in Lorton, VA (6233 Hill Park Dr., Lorton, VA 22079) to engage in a little fellowship while working to do our share to help the less fortunate in our area.
At the Food Bank, at the direction of the workers there, we pack donated food items into bags that are then sent out to those in our community who are in need. This month the men of PsiAA, along with numerous volunteers, between the hours of 8:15am – 11:15am packed 1,350 bags filled with cooking oil, lentils, and oatmeal meal.
The Lorton CAFB services individuals in Annandale (the Evergreen House), Arlington (Harvey Hall, the Shelton, Hunter’s Park at Cherry Dale, Lockwood/Elmwood House, Hunter’s Woods Fellowship House), and Fairfax (United Community Ministries, Bailey’s Senior Center, Yorkville Cooperative, Lake Ann Fellowship House, Winter Hills Apartments) Virginia.
The CAFB is the largest organization in the Washington Metro area that is working to solve hunger and a lack of nutrition. Psi Alpha Alpha is one of the many community organizations that partners with them and we have been doing so for more than twenty years. The CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year, to get access to good, healthy food.
Brother Barney Barnwell has been leading the efforts to work with the CAFB from the beginning. Psi Alpha Alpha always has a strong turnout and more than twenty Brothers were again in attendance this month.
Of all the things that our chapter does, this is one of the most rewarding, as we know that our hard work will translate to providing a true necessity to those in our region who are most in need.