Worcester college kids do good! WPI fraternity house collects food for families this Thanksgiving!

This year, Lambda Chi Alpha at WPI will be working to fight hunger in Worcester through our 20th annual Food Drive to support Friendly House.

For the second year, we will be partnering with Sigma Alpha Epsilon at WPI in order to spread this initiative to the Shrewsbury area as well.

In addition, we partner with the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department, Price Chopper, the Worcester Sharks, and other local sponsors.

Over the past 20 years Lambda Chi Alpha has collected almost 2,000,000 lbs of food for local families in need, helping feed over 2,000 families each year during the holiday season.

Last year, we collected 146,000 lbs of food and this year, by spreading it to the WPI campus and possibly other campus’ in the Worcester Consortium, we hope to reach our new goal of 250,000 lbs.

Working with the Sheriff’s Department we help staff a table at Price Chopper (50 Cambridge street), this year from November 10th-16, to collect non-perishable food items.

Over the course of the week Price Chopper marks certain food items that are in particular need by Friendly House at the time.

Lambda Chi Alpha also distributes shopping bags to houses in the Worcester area, this year on November 9th, for people to fill with non-perishable food items. We then return on November 15th, rain or shine, to collect the filled bags.

We collect all these donations at our house and fill a box truck to send to Friendly House that afternoon.

We look forward to this event each year with the opportunity to organize this event and help out the less fortunate families in the Worcester and Shrewsbury area.

If you would like to donate to the Food Drive, watch for bags at your door on November 9 or contact Aaron Pepin, the Interim External Vice President for Lambda Chi Alpha, at (603) 689-3869, or at lca@wpi.edu<mailto:lca@wpi.edu>.

If you are interested in hearing more about how food or monetary donations are used, contact Gordon Hargrove, Friendly House Executive Director, or Susan Daly at (508) 755-4362.

Reaching our goal of 250,000 lbs of food is only possible with everyone’s support!

Anything that you can donate is greatly appreciated, the issue of hunger is a hard one to beat.

This Food Drive gives the families in need the opportunity to not have to worry about this as much going into this years holiday season.


Aaron  Pepin

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Mechanical Engineering