Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MLK Day of Service

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the ONLY federal holiday to have official Congressional designation as a day of service? Since 1994, the Corporation for National and Community Service has been encouraging people across America to do something to help their communities – to make this holiday “a day on, not a day off.”

You might be embarrassed to learn that in 2016, New York State ranked 49th out of 50 states and Washington DC in terms of numbers of residents who volunteered. Less than 20 percent of state residents volunteered in 2015, according to data collected by the Corporation for National and Community Service. In better news, however, one of the most popular volunteer activities in 2015 in New York State was “collect, prepare, distribute or serve food.” Hunger is something we can all understand … something that none of us want to experience.

GardenShare and SLU Campus Kitchens are doing their part to raise New York State’s rating for 2017! Won’t you join us? Take part in our food drive on Monday, January 16th and help kids who receive healthy food from the Potsdam Snack Packs program and the Canton Golden Bear Packs program. Check out for specifics on what food is needed and  how you can contribute. Let’s work together to make what Dr. King called a “beloved community”!