Campus & Community

Crowned Pearls of Wellington donates to PBSC food pantries

From left: Damian Hernandez and Alma Henry-Morman, AAUO vice president of programs

Students attending Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade and Lake Worth campuses will now have a variety of nonperishable food items to choose from in their on-campus food pantry.

The campuses received a large food donation from the Crowned Pearls Foundation of Wellington, the philanthropic arm of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Alpha Alpha Upsilon Omega Chapter (AAUO) of Wellington. Accepting the donation on Nov. 21 were work study students and pantry volunteers Damian Hernandez and Briana Gutierrez on behalf of Belle Glade campus Executive Dean Dr. LaTanya L. McNeal.

“On behalf of Belle Glade campus students, faculty and staff, we are grateful for the generous food donation of the Crowned Pearls Foundation of Wellington the philanthropic arm of Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (which I am a member of) that supports our vision that no PBSC student should go hungry,” said McNeal. “It is so heartfelt during this holiday season to know that we have community supporters who can assist us with our quest to combat food insecurity for all of our students at PBSC.”

From left: America Delbosque, Dr. LaTanya McNeal, Briana Guitierrez and Ariana Longoria

The Crowned Pearls were able to make the donation to the college as a result of a generous food donation received from the Village of Wellington, following its Holiday Food Distribution held on Nov. 16.  Any food items not picked up at the food distribution was donated to families identified through the PBC Sheriff’s Office, and the Wellington Community Services Department, as well as the Boys and Girls Club of Wellington. The Crowned Pearls took the remaining nonperishable bags of food and delivered them to families affected by Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers and the two PBSC campuses.

Facilitating the food delivery for the Crowned Pearls were volunteers Marcia Hayden, AAUO president; Alma Henry-Morman, Debra Jackson, Mable King and McNeal.

AAUO volunteers dropping off food donations at the Lake Worth campus.

For more information regarding Alpha Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc and their initiatives, please visit For more information on PBSC’s pantries, visit

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