In 1994, Congress designated MLK day as a national day of service. Taking place on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”
Fifteen members from the Notre Dame AmeriCorps volunteered at Second Harvest on MLK Day this year to pack mixed produce bags and food drive donations for distribution.
AmeriCorps is a federally-funded service program, commonly referred to as the domestic Peace Corps, that brings together people of diverse backgrounds to serve communities in the areas of education, public safety, human needs and the environment.
This is the second year the group from Americorps has participated in the National Day of Service at Second Harvest. They also volunteer for other projects and special events during the year.
Thirty members of the Soquel High School Key Club were also at the warehouse that day. They packed 2,400 USDA commodity bags, which will provide 18,750 meals. We’d like to thank the Soquel High Key Club for their support year after year, both in collecting food and funds for the Holiday Food Drive and for the hours they have put in over the years sorting and packing food.
Thanks to all these great young people for embracing the spirit of MLK day with their continued commitment to helping the less fortunate in our community all year long.