Now, you’re probably thinking, “MLK Day that’s old news.” Sure in today’s society where news becomes old right after the next twitter bumps things along but we need to remember that just because something isn’t on the front page doesn’t mean it’s not still current.
On MLK day the Governor of NH, John Lynch, reminded us that while we were distributing food collection bags and bringing in donations, we should think about those that are hungry. Martin Luther King Jr. also reminded people that the struggle goes on long after slavery was over and would continue after the speeches and rallys. You’ll also notice that the SCA is just one of many who helped collect food throughout the month. One doesn’t always have to take front stage to contribute to the whole production.
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February 15, 2012
PHOTO: HELPING FEED NEW HAMPSHIRE. New Hampshire AmeriCorps programs collected over 2,700 pounds of nonperishable food for the New Hampshire Food Bank, which serves over 130,000 people across the state. From left: Molly Weeber, NH VOAD Coordinator VISTA for Volunteer NH, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Amanda Flitter, VISTA Leader, Families in Transition VISTA Program; Robin McGlone, Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps Victims Assistance Program; Christina Giorgio, VISTA Leader, Families in Transition VISTA Program; Keith Lind, VISTA Leader, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Kim Farias, Development VISTA for NH Food Bank, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Alex Johnson, Resource Development Coordinator VISTA for Volunteer NH, NH Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Maggie Woods, VISTA Leader, Campus Compact for New Hampshire; Elizabeth Hite, State Program Specialist, Corporation for National and Community Service.
AMERICORPS PROGRAMS COLLECT OVER
2700 POUNDS OF FOOD FOR NH FOOD BANK
Food drive with theme of “Hunger Doesn’t End after the Holidays”
feeds the hungry, marks national day of service
MANCHESTER – AmeriCorps programs across the state, in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, collected over 2,700 pounds of food for New Hampshire residents through their food drive, “Hunger Doesn’t End After the Holidays.” All donations from the drive will benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank, which serves over 130,000 people across the state.
The month-long food drive began in January as a way to commemorate the nation-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, which calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. AmeriCorps members collected food door-to-door in Manchester and also distributed food donation boxes across the state.
To learn more about how to support the NH Food Bank, visit www.nhfoodbank.org or call 603-669-9725.
AmeriCorps engages more than 50,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet community needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security, and other areas. AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which also oversees Senior Corps. The following New Hampshire AmeriCorps projects participated in and organized the food drive: Families in Transition VISTA Program; New Hampshire Catholic Charities VISTA Project; Campus Compact for New Hampshire; City Year New Hampshire; AmeriCorps Victims Assistance Program; Student Conservation Association; Green Corps; AmeriCorps Alums: NH Chapter.