Over 150 volunteers throughout the county gathered together to serve for the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service. On Saturday, January 14th & Monday, January 16th volunteers distributed and collected bags of non-perishable food items. Together the volunteers collected 14,373 lbs. of food for those in need in SLO County.
This year the Food Bank marked a new partnership with AmeriCorps and Cal Poly’s Student Life and Leadership. The local AmeriCorps VIP’s assisted with volunteer recruitment and site management. Their passion for service shined during this event. Jim Rodger, Cambria Site Leader said, “we have a lot of old retired folks in Cambria who are tireless volunteers. But is very encouraging to see younger folks who are also directing their efforts to helping those amongst us who are less fortunate. I soaked up some of your enthusiasm…hope you still have some left.”
While volunteers were busy distributing bags, Harlan Hobgood and his friends of Avila Beach 55-and over Senior Community chose to circulate 200 envelopes to their friends and neighbors. Harlan and his team decided to gather money knowing that the Food Bank can stretch each dollar farther that we can by rummaging through our pantry. As Harlan stated, “we buy and bag the groceries, we will pay retail prices while the things we buy may or may not fit with the food most needed at the Food Bank. On the other hand, if you had the money instead then you could buy things wholesale (a lot more groceries for the buck) and make sure that they were the most needed items with highest demand”. The Avila Beach group collected $1,064, which will provide 10,640 lbs. of food or 7,448 nutritious meals.
After another successful year of service on MLK Day, the Food Bank looks forward to expanding the day of service and recruiting more volunteers next year. Thank you to all of our supporters, who made it a day on, not a day off!
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Fourth Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Food Drive
AmeriCorps, Cal Poly Student Life and Leadership, and the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County are teaming up to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in 2012.
Volunteers throughout the county will go door-to-door delivering 10,000 bags asking for food and monetary donations for the Food Bank on Saturday January 14th and volunteers will return on Monday January 16th to pick up the bags filled with donated food items. This is your chance to be part of the solution to one of America’s most pressing national and local problems, hunger.
Each year Americans are asked to take time to remember the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and answer his question “what are you doing for others”? Dr. King believed that an individual could not really begin to live until they were able to rise above their own individual concerns and take interest and action in the broader issues affecting humanity. Much of Dr. King’s legacy goes beyond his campaign in the civil rights movement and touches on his service to others.
The Food Bank and our sponsors have responded to the question of their role in serving others by hosting the 4th annual MLK Day of Service. Volunteers are needed to distribute bags starting at 8:30 AM on Saturday January 14th throughout the county. Volunteers are also needed to pick up filled bags at 8:30 AM Monday January 16th. All the contributions from the food and funds drive will benefit the SLO Food and the people they serve.
Organization and Individuals of all ages are invited and encouraged to participate by volunteering with the food drive. To sign up to volunteer go to www.slofoodbank.org and fill out a service form. You can also contribute monetary donations online in Dr. King’s honor. Help the Food Bank achieve the action needed to address today’s social challenges.