Kids and Families Fight Hunger on MLK Day

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January 22, 2015 By: Sara Blair - Senior Communications Coordinator Category: Volunteer

On Monday, more than 400 youth volunteers, their families and community members rolled up their sleeves and packed, sorted and labeled food to help provide for those in need as part of Bring Your Child to Serve Day, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. By the time the last volunteer shift ended, 17,820 pounds of pasta noodles were packed—the equivalent of nearly 15,000 meals!

It was inspiring to see so many youth excited about giving back to their community and helping others.

We asked a few of them why they were volunteering, and here’s what they had to say:

  • We’re here to honor the community service spirit of Dr. King. We’re learning in school that there are others in our community less fortunate than us, and we have to help those that need it.

  • I’m here because I know there are hungry people in my community. No one should have to worry about getting enough food.

  • We’ve volunteered before on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it’s always really fun. I looked forward to today because I knew we’d be helping people and having fun at the same time.

Thank you to all who volunteered, and we hope to see you again soon! We’d also like to thank our sponsor Bremer Bank for making the day possible.

And remember, the need for volunteers and donations is year-round at Second Harvest Heartland. Please check out our website for more opportunities to continue to help.


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