Food drive honors Martin Luther King Jr.
The Fairfield Volunteer Center is joining forces with the Maharishi University of Management branch of Net Impact to cosponsor a food drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. as part of the annual commemoration of his life and work. The five-day drive will begin Monday and conclude Jan. 18. All donations of food and cash will go to The Lord’s Cupboard.
Nonperishable food may be dropped off at Everybody’s Whole Foods, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, The Lord’s Cupboard and the volunteer center in the Fairfield Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday and until 9 p.m. on Thursday.
In addition, customers of Fairfield Hy-Vee Food and Drug Store can make cash donations at the check-out point by adding the donation to their grocery bill total.
“We are working together with the entire Fairfield community to ensure that all our residents have enough to eat,” said Elaine Hughes, executive director of the Fairfield Volunteer Center. “This food drive honors Dr. King and carries forward in a very proactive way the love and special concern he showed toward those most in need among us.
“Each year, [Fairfield Volunteer Center] organizes a Day of Service in honor of Dr. King,” she continued. “This year, due to the challenges faced both nationally and locally in trying to meet families’ greater needs, [the volunteer center] is calling on our neighbors and M.U.M. students through the campus chapter of Net Impact to replenish supplies at Lord’s Cupboard.”
Two special events, organized by Net Impact, are scheduled on the M.U.M. campus for the final day of the food drive Jan. 18. A daylong Food Drive Blitz is planned, with the lobby of the Argiro Student Center on the M.U.M. campus serving as the drop-off point for nonperishable food.
In the evening, a celebration of King’s life featuring live entertainment and a presentation by civil rights veteran and Fairfield resident Patti Miller, a participant in the historic 1964 Freedom Summer, is set for 7:30 p.m. in Dalby Hall of the Argiro center.
In addition to donations of food, the volunteer center is seeking volunteers to assist with food pick-up from the collection sites during the week.
For additional details, interested persons can call 209-9045, email email@example.com, check Fairfield Volunteer Center Facebook page or stop by the Fairfield Volunteer Center desk in the Fairfield library.
The Fairfield Volunteer Center focuses on strengthening Fairfield as a caring community, with the goal of building civic engagement and community connectedness through opportunities in support of health, wellness, safety and social services. Net Impact is a national organization that works to inspire youth to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems through their careers. The Lord’s Cupboard’s mission is to inspire and involve the community in the gathering and distribution of food and donations.