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Soul Food Luncheon Will Support Katrina Relief Efforts

September 28, 2005

DELAWARE, OHIO -- A Soul Food Benefit Luncheon, sponsored by the Ohio Wesleyan organization, Students United for Relief Efforts (S.U.R.E.), will take place on Thursday September 29 from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. in both the Schimmel/Conrades Science Center and the Benes Rooms in the Hamilton Williams Campus Center, both located on the OWU campus. Tickets cost five dollars and are on sale all week in the campus center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m. All proceeds will be dispersed to non-profit organizations such as the American Red Cross, America's Second Harvest, and Church World Service through the OWU Chaplain's Fund. Students, faculty, staff, trustees, and community members are all encouraged to attend.

In the spirit of the areas affected by the hurricane, the cuisine will be "soul food," and will include fried chicken, greens, macaroni and cheese, salad, baked beans, peach cobbler and other traditionally southern dishes.

"It's a southern relief effort, so we're serving southern food," says Melissa Taylor, one of the students organizing the lunch.

Taylor, along with Mark Randy Reid, Danielle Sampson and Kwaku Donkoh, are the benefit's main organizers. Working with other student volunteers, they have raised over 10,000 food points to pay for the event through OWU Food Services.

The four students are also the founders of Ohio Wesleyan's newest club, which is also the luncheon's sponsor, Students United for Relief Efforts, or S.U.R.E. The club is designed to be a quick response team ready to react to any catastrophe students are interested in helping.

"Unfortunately there has been consistently some disaster since 9/11 that has brought the university together to unite students in relief efforts," assistant chaplain Kay Albright says. "This way there is something set in place to respond to these crises."

Community members interested in attending may purchase tickets in the campus center, or contact Kay Albright in the Ohio Wesleyan chaplain's office at 740-368-3083 or kaalbrig@owu.edu.