It started with a challenge.

Members of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority were charged to collect 250 bags of groceries (in 2017, the charge was 75, and we collected more than 200 bags).

In the end, Delta members collected a whopping 439 bags of groceries for the annual WSOC-TV 9 food drive, which benefits Second Harvest Food Bank. This is one reason why I’m proud to be part of this organization.

“We are happy to support the efforts of the 9 Food Drive,” says Debra O’Banner, special projects coordinator for the chapter.

During the summer months, roughly 265,000 children will miss their free or reduced lunches offered at school. So, our efforts will make a huge difference for many local families.


I am proud that my Delta sorority sisters joined forces for this great community project. As a fitness professional, I know that having a healthy diet is essential to maintaining good health, and it all begins with teaching children good eating practices.

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Sondra E. Z. Hines is an AFAA-certified group fitness instructor, Zumba instructor, workshop presenter and motivational speaker. A former adjunct professor, she has 15-plus years as a fitness instructor...