AMERICORPS PROGRAMS JOIN FORCES TO FEED NEW HAMPSHIRE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 January 6, 2012

 For more information, contact Amanda Flitter at 603-935-7900 x1720 or [email protected] 

Food drive aims to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by collecting 6,000 pounds of food for the NH Food Bank

MANCHESTER – AmeriCorps programs across the state, in collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, are holding a food drive with the theme “Hunger Doesn’t End After the Holidays” in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The drive will collect nonperishable food items throughout the month of January for the NH Food Bank, which serves over 130,000 people across the state.

Manchester residents who receive a door hanger on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 16) can leave a bag of nonperishable food items on their doorstep for pickup by AmeriCorps members on January 21.

Drop off boxes will also be at locations across the state until January 31. A complete list of drop off locations can be found at www.nhfoodbank.org under “Events and Fundraisers.”

The food drive is part of the annual, nationwide Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.” AmeriCorps programs and citizens across the country are encouraged to engage in this day of service as a way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and make it a “day on, not a day off.”

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 are participating in and organizing this food drive: Families in Transition VISTA Program; New Hampshire Catholic Charities; Campus Compact of New Hampshire; City Year New Hampshire; AmeriCorps Victims Assistance Program; Student Conservation Association; and Green Corps.

For more information about how to support the drive, please call Keith Lind at 669-9725 x114 or visit www.nhfoodbank.org.

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