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ASU Greek life students play big role in helping food bank

group of students with food donations
November 25, 2013

In less than 72 hours, ASU students joined together to donate and collect more than 5,000 non-perishable food items for St. Mary's Food Bank. 

ASU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life organizations Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon collected more than 4,000 of the nearly 6,000 canned food donations.

“When I heard of the opportunity to collect as many canned goods for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, I told the men in my chapter and we immediately started gathering food, collecting more than 2,500 cans in two days,” said Ben Frelka, president of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Arizona State University. 

“We knew it would be a great opportunity to make a difference in the Phoenix community and show everyone how much our fraternity and the entire Greek community can accomplish when we put our minds to it,” Frelka added.

The canned food collection was part of Katie’s Challenge for Change, a five-part series that featured segments from five cities across the country challenging communities to create change – both big and small. Special correspondent Cameron Hughes' first stop was at ASU.

Through a joint effort, the Sun Devil community exceeded the challenge to fill up a truck and collected enough food to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of families in the Valley this holiday season.

ASU’s Greek students share values of scholarship, leadership, service and philanthropy. This academic year, they collectively contributed more than 30,000 community service hours.
Katie Couric and her millions of viewers got to see a glimpse of how much ASU Sun Devils care about their community and how every student at ASU is a Changemaker.

The ASU segment aired on Katie, on ABC 15, Nov. 18. Watch it here.

View a slideshow of photos from the event.