With a chilly January morning giving dawn to Dr. Martin Luther King Day, volunteers strengthened the mission of the Food Bank of South Jersey to honor the compassion, inspiration, leadership and legacy of the life of service and vision lived fearlessly by the man whose name graces the day.
It is a fitting legacy that Dr. King’s day of remembrance lives in the form of a national day of service – intended to inspire people of all ages, create opportunities for new beginnings, strengthen communities and explore new pathways to provide stewardship, compassion, understanding and love.
Participating volunteer groups at the Food Bank for MLK Day included over 75 individuals from the following organizations: Ballard Spahr LLP, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (Omicron Omicron Zeta Chapter), Congregation M’kor Shalom, CMI/Compas and many dedicated individuals and families representing Virtua, TD Bank and more. Working tirelessly throughout MLK Day, these robust volunteers assembled more than 600 Twilight Harvest Boxes slated to bring nutrition to food-insecure senior citizens, as well as sorting thousands of donated products and providing support to the Food Bank’s Health & Wellness Team in food preparation for a variety of healthy, nutritious community recipes.
“MLK Day is always a busy, meaningful and vibrant volunteering experience at the Food Bank, and MLK Day 2020 was no exception. Volunteers were engaged and enjoyed being able to help the Food Bank accomplish our tasks of sorting, packing and preparing food. It was a very optimistic day for us all – a day of hope,” shares Food Bank of South Jersey Volunteer Services Manager Gerald Tieyah.
Making the day even sweeter, DUNKIN’ joined in the Food Bank’s MLK Day of service volunteering program, contributing coffee and donuts for volunteers.
“Today, I see a wonderful, dedicated group of people … people who are making the time to do what is right. Right for the spirit of community that is South Jersey, and especially right for our South Jersey food-insecure neighbors – individuals, children, families and seniors – who depend on the Food Bank of South Jersey to sustain them with nutritious food,” states Food Bank of South Jersey CEO Fred Wasiak. “Today, I see so much right … so very, very much right.”