The goal: Pack 100,000 meals.
The ingredients: Soup mix, beans and rice.
Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, United Way of the Greater Triangle and local Rotary Clubs will bring together volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to package meals and help end hunger in the greater Triangle.
Students, employees and community members are invited to participate on Jan. 15, and the event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Durham Technical Community College’s Phail Wynn Jr. Student Services Center. Volunteers will help package meals that will then be delivered to partner agencies in Durham, Orange, Wake, Chatham, Johnston, Nash and Edgecombe counties via the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
“Food insecurity exists in the Triangle, and this event is a direct response to the needs in this community,” said Neil Hoefs, program coordinator for the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and organizer of the annual meal packaging event. “Individuals who have the day off from school or work on Martin Luther King Jr. Day can turn the holiday into a day of service.”
Two volunteer shifts are available, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
*Registration is now closed. Event Full*
The minimum age to volunteer is 5 years old, and minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt. Free bottled water will be available for volunteers, and A Movable Feast food truck will provide refreshments.
The MLK Meal Packaging Event is also funded by the Duke MLK Commemoration Planning Committee, Duke Student Government and Duke Partnership for Service.
-Story by April Dudash; Photo courtesy of Duke Office of Durham & Regional Affairs archives