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Community service and brotherhood: Sigma Lambda Beta hosts 10th annual canned food drive

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During a time of need, members of Sigma Lambda Beta made it their goal to give to others and help build the Stillwater community.

SLB was founded at Oklahoma State University in 2011, focusing on brotherhood, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness. Now, it is one of the largest and fastest-growing  multicultural fraternities in the nation. 

This semester, SLB hosted their 10th annual canned food drive, “Taking a Bite Out of Hunger.” 

Starting on Jan. 24, SLB members and other volunteers dropped off empty bags in various neighborhoods throughout Stillwater. Residents in those communities participated by filling the bags with canned foods and other non-perishable goods. On Jan. 31, SLB members and volunteers collected the bags, donating the goods to Our Daily Bread Food and Resource Center in Stillwater.

Our Daily Bread was established in 2017 as a local food pantry that serves low-income residents in Payne County. 

Erik Knatvold, SLB President and environmental science senior, said they collected an estimated 200 bags of goods.

“It was a great turn-out. The community really came together so we are going to be able to donate a lot of food,” Knatvold said. “It’s cool to be able to give back to the Stillwater community in that way.”

Even during the pandemic, Knatvold said SLB is able to continue to do service events safely.

“A lot of people are going through a hard time right now during Covid, so it’s important for us to continue to do these events to help others during this time while taking the necessary safety precautions,” Knatvold said. 

However, Knatvold said participation has been down recently due to more students living off-campus or quarantine.

“It’s been difficult, trying to get more participation with not as many people on campus. I would encourage anyone who wants to volunteer for our service events or at Our Daily Bread to do it,” Knatvold said. “We can never use enough volunteers, and it’s really a fun time.”

Students interested in volunteering for SLB service events can contact Erik Knatvold at erik.knatvold@okstate.edu.

Those interested in volunteering at Our Daily Bread can go to ourdailybreadstillwater.org for more information. 

Knatvold said he is looking forward to the upcoming service events planned for this semester.

“This organization and these events are such a rewarding experience to be a part of. We are able to give back to the community, and have fun while doing it,” Knatvold said. “That’s what it’s all about.”