This Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Feeding America (the national food bank network) is joining with President-elect Obama in calling our hunger advocates to service to help reignite the nation’s spirit of volunteerism and community service. He is inviting all Americans to join him in a National Day of Service, “Renewing America Together,” on January 19, 2009. This new effort, Renew America Together, is not just about stepping up to serve for a single day, but rather about making a continued commitment to serving throughout the year.
The Food Bank is hosting service events on January 19, 2009 and encourages people to come up with their own ideas. Host a food drive that weekend. Kids can hold penny drives and bake sales with their friends. Ask your office to donate what they normally spend on lunch for one day and take lunch to work that day. You can go to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM at Civic Park Community Center Assembly Hall, 1365 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. The event is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County, the Mt. Diablo Peace and Justice Center, and the City of Walnut Creek. Inspiring speakers, singers, and good-will. Please bring non-perishable food items for the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties to the event.
Please visit www.USAService.org to learn more about Renew America Together and events in your area including the Food Sorting event here on January 19. This new, interactive website enables Americans across the nation to find volunteer opportunities in their neighborhoods, or to create and host events of their own.
One of the best things you can do to support Renew America Together and our work to feed our neighbors is to invite your friends and family to participate too. Please help us spread the word about this historic opportunity!