The Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at the University of Tennessee at Martin volunteered to serve meals to those in need as part of the “Soul Food Café” event on October 15 at the Obion County Faigrounds. Members purchased and prepared the food, as well as cleaned up the dining hall afterward.
The Refuge Church produces the event and raises money to help offset the costs. About 100 meals were served by the eight volunteers from the chapter. The menu included chili, potatoes, corn, ham sandwiches, rice, cookies and drinks.
“These are some of the hardest working, big-hearted guys you’ll ever meet!,” said Dan Huggins of Refuge Church. “They were fantastic tonight serving our community and friends. It makes me proud of young people and gives me hope for the future.”
“All our brothers really enjoyed giving back and being able to eat alongside those community members we shared the meal with,” said Philanthropy Chair Nicholas Carpenter (2022). “It provided a great mental break from college and honestly just let ourselves pat each other on the back for a good day’s work.”
“We appreciate the Refuge Church for the opportunity and plan on doing this event again,” Carpenter added.
The Balanced Man Program guides our members to seek out service learning opportunities such as this one. Through their volunteer efforts, they grow as individuals and leaders on campus.