In March, Duke community members are invited to help package 100,000 meals for N.C. families in need.
The MLK Meal Packaging Event, which was originally scheduled for Jan. 15, was cancelled after the food distribution company assigned to the event did not deliver the meal packaging ingredients in time for the two scheduled volunteer shifts.
Event partners Duke University, Durham Technical Community College, United Way of the Greater Triangle and local Rotary Clubs have worked together to reschedule the Meal Packaging Event for Saturday, March 24. Volunteers will package meals of soup mixes, beans and rice that will then be delivered to partner agencies in Durham, Orange, Wake, Chatham, Johnston, Nash and Edgecombe counties via the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
“These meals are important and help local families put food on the table,” said Neil Hoefs, program coordinator for the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership and Duke organizer of the annual meal packaging event. “We are rescheduling this Meal Packaging Event in order to help fill a need in our community and deliver 100,000 meals as promised.”
Two volunteer shifts are available on March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up here. The minimum age to volunteer is 5 years old, and minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The event will be held at the Durham Convention Center’s Grand Ballroom 3 in Downtown Durham. Here are directions to the Durham Convention Center. Duke students are encouraged to take the fare-free Bull City Connector bus to get to the downtown event. There is a stop at Campus Drive/Main Street on Duke East Campus, as well as Research Drive/Circuit Drive on Duke West Campus. View a live map of the bus route here.
During the event, free bottled water and snacks will be available for volunteers.
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