AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program Members Help to Feed the Hungry in New Hampshire

Food drive aims to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by collecting 2,000 pounds of food for the NH Food Bank

AmeriCorps programs across the state, in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, are holding a food drive with the theme “Hunger Doesn’t End After the Holidays” in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The drive will collect nonperishable, non-glass food items throughout the month of January for the New Hampshire Food Bank which helps to feed the 1 in 9 New Hampshire residents who experience food insecurity. The food drive is part of the annual nationwide Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Day of Service. AmeriCorps programs and citizens across the country are encouraged to volunteer on this day to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and make it a “day on, not a day off.”  All of the current 27 AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program Members will be participating in the drive along with the Families in Transition VISTA Program; New Hampshire Catholic Charities; Campus Compact of New Hampshire; City Year New Hampshire; Student Conservation Association; and Goodwill.

  • Date: January 20, 2014 (Manchester residents who receive a door hanger during the week of January 13 – January 18 can leave a bag of nonperishable, non-glass food items on their doorstep for pickup by AmeriCorps members on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 20, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

All New Hampshire residents can participate by donating at locations across the state until February 1. A complete list of drop off locations can be found at www.nhfoodbank.org under “Events and Fundraisers.”

Note: From 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on January 20, AmeriCorps members and Saint Anselm College students will gather at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics in order to engage in a reflection of both the life of Dr. King and the statewide need for food after the holidays. From 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM both AmeriCorps Members and students will disperse to collect food items and then return to store the collections overnight at the Saint Anselm College Hockey Arena. These events are open to press but not the public.

For more information about how to support the drive, please call Alexandria Kwiek at 669-9725 x242 or visit www.nhfoodbank.org.

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