From July 11-July14, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (DST) were supposed to be holding their 54th National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. However, there was a man present that really could not be accounted for. His name, Barry; Hurricane Barry made an appearance, causing the convention to be cut short. The last day of events were cancelled, including their closing luncheon.
The luncheon was going to be held for about 16,000 members of the sorority. Since the luncheon was cancelled and the meals were already prepared, there was only one logical choice for the organization that is based around public service, programming for African-American communities, and sisterhood to make: donate the meals to those in need. However, not only were the 16,000 meals donated, DST donated an extra 1,000 meals, bringing the donated amount to 17,000 meals. They were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of South Louisiana, where they will be frozen until the storm passes. Donated items included plates of chicken, macaroni and cheese, potatoes au gratin, and chocolate cake.
DST national president and CEO Beverly Smith thanked Centerplate, the catering company the organization used for their conference. She said, “With 16,000 attendees and two food functions canceled—our Sisterhood Luncheon and closing Soiree Celebration, there was inordinate amounts of food that would have been wasted. Kudos to Centerplate.”
Director of Communication for Second Harvest Food bank said, "having the hot meals ahead of time was really a godsend.” The meals will be of great help, as CNN reported over 77,000 homes lost power over the weekend.
Hats off to DST for making the donation. Still showing they are about service 106 years later.