The Iota Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. has exceeded the expectations of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, and uplift by feeding 300 families with their annual turkey basket giveaway. On Saturday, November 19, the men of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. braved the frigid temperatures and rain to make Thanksgiving possible for many deserving families.
The fraternal organization has been “a staple of college-educated Black men in Pittsburgh since 1925”, but, for the past 23 years, these dedicated men have distributed all the fixings for a perfect holiday feast. Each basket included a turkey, candied yams, corn bread mix, macaroni and cheese, cranberry sauce, and green beans or greens.
“We believe it is our duty to uplift the community in whatever way necessary,” said Jabari Weatherspoon, Basileus of the Iota Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi.
“Unfortunately, there are families in our community who do not have the luxury of cooking a Thanksgiving meal due to struggles with financial stability. With that in mind, we have been providing meals to the community for the past 23 years with our Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway.”
Many organizations based in the Greater Pittsburgh area benefited from this giveaway. Local churches and community centers were asked to identify families in need. Once identified, the baskets were available for pick up.
Families were also able to walk right into their Meadow Street headquarters to obtain a basket. “We did not discriminate who received gift baskets, as the process was ran off of a first-come-first-serve basis,” said Weatherspoon.
“We would be remiss if we did not do work like this. As a pillar in the Black community, we would not be living our creed if we didn’t find a way to help the community-at-large when we know folks are struggling, especially our neighbors,” said Weatherspoon.
For the past five years, the fraternity partnered with the Alpha Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The sorority, along with donations received from Pittsburgh Dilworth PreK-5 School, provided the side dishes. Other partners included Save-A-Lot, Sam’s Club, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, and Rivers Casino.