USM fraternity donates $9,000 to Extra Table

USM fraternity donates $9,000 to Extra Table

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from Extra Table

The men of Sigma Phi Epsilon (Sig Ep) fraternity at the University of Southern Mississippi hosted their 9th annual Chili Cook Off in December of 2014. As is their tradition, the fraternity selected a non-profit organization to partner with and to donate proceeds to.

For 2014, Extra Table was selected for that partnership. Extra Table is a non-profit organization with the mission of ending hunger (and obesity) in Mississippi.

Extra Table is partnered with Sysco, the world's largest food distributor, who helps purchase and deliver healthy food in bulk directly to food pantries and soup kitchens.

In the Pine Belt area, Extra Table serves Christian Services (soup kitchen), Edwards Street (food pantry) and Petal Children's Task Force (food pantry).

The Chili Cook Off included over 20 professional, community and student entrants, more than 30 sponsors, and several auction items for silent bidding that were donated by businesses throughout the Pine Belt community.

This week, Extra Table was presented with a donation from the event's proceeds, totaling $9,000. 100% of that donation will be used to purchase food to local agencies that work with Extra Table. This gift alone will help provide over 6 tons to the Pine Belt feeding agencies.