Sigmas inaugural community breakfast brings out the village

BY ALLEN A. BUCHANAN, Staff Writer

ST. PETERSBURG –  The men of the Delta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. fed close to 300 hungry community members last Saturday, June 4 at the Enoch Davis Center.

The doors to the main auditorium opened to the public at 9 a.m., and a stream of adults as well as children of all ages and from all walks of life packed in to partake in the community breakfast feast prepared fresh on the premises.

Antwann Jackson, president of the Delta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, exemplifies the essence of a revitalized youth-driven organization with new ideas and creative managerial savvy.

Partnering with Heavy’s Food Truck to pull off the breakfast, hundreds of people feasted on grits with cheese, fried fish, sausage, bacon, eggs and biscuits.

The men in blue and white upheld the highest decree of their brotherhood motto: “Culture for Service and Service for humanity” by catering to their community.

“What we’re doing is a free breakfast to support the community and support locally owned black businesses,” said Jackson.

Organizer of this year’s Juneteenth festivities Paulette Jones, chapter Secretary Corey Givens, Jr. and Jackson teamed up to raise the Juneteenth flag.

Members of the Junior League joined in on the fun after holding a meeting to discuss this year’s Care Fair/Backpack Giveaway. At the end of each summer just before school starts, these volunteers work hand-and-hand with multiple service organizations and the Enoch Davis Recreation Center to pull off the largest backpack giveaway in St. Pete.

During this event, adults can bring their school aged children out to participate in health screenings, immunization, vaccinations and eye and ear exams. In addition, the youngsters are provided with free backpacks, notebooks and writing supplies.

Although the raising of the Juneteenth flag and the Care Fair may not seem connected to the Sigma Community Breakfast, the threaded theme that weaves through each of these events is the manifestation of “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.”

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