BENEFITING: New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Inc.
ORGANIZER: New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Jan 17, 2011
Responding to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s statement that “anybody can be great, because anybody can serve,” over 400 New Yorkers will volunteer at soup kitchens and food pantries on January 17, 2011 as participants in the 8th Annual "Dr. Martin Luther King Anti-Hunger Serve-a-Thon.” Over 30 soup kitchens and food pantries will benefit from volunteers eager to honor Dr. King by doing community service throughout the five boroughs on MLK Day.
Martin Luther King Day has been the occasion for the “Serve-a-Thon” for the past 7 years, reflecting Dr. King’s commitment to poverty issues as well as civil rights. As he famously said in his later years, “I’ve worked to get people the right to eat hamburgers and now I’ve got to do something to get them the money to buy them.” Volunteers will perform a wide variety of tasks, including direct food service and assisting food programs with cleaning, maintenance, and other needs. Volunteers with a professional background will also learn about how they can use their skills on a long-term basis to help feeding agencies feed more people and move clients towards greater self-sufficiency.
In coordinating this “Serve-a-Thon,” the New York City Coalition Against Hunger joins other organizations on Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service to provide New Yorkers with opportunities to serve their communities. The Coalition Against Hunger is an umbrella group for the more than 1,200 charitable kitchens and pantries citywide—and the 1.3 million New Yorkers forced to use them to feed their families.