"Why should there be hunger and deprivation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?” – Dr. Martin Luther King
To honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the anniversary of his birthday is commemorated as the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, which falls on January 19 this year.
All across the nation, millions of Americans will help aid their neighbors and their communities by volunteering.
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, is asking people to volunteer at a local food bank, food pantry or soup kitchen as their way of honoring the legacy of Dr. King.
The organization is a network of 200 food banks that provide food and groceries to 46 million Americans each year.
“Our recent study, Hunger in America 2014, found that in a typical month, more than 2 million people contribute more than 8.4 million volunteer hours to Feeding America food banks and the agencies they serve. This is a great testament to the generosity of the American people. Our volunteers are the reason we are able to provide people in need across the nation with more than 77 million pounds of food every week,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “It is a daunting challenge that would simply not be possible without our volunteers.”
To find volunteer opportunities in your community, visit: http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx
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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.