2017 MLK Anti-Hunger Weekend of Service Press Conference

01.15.2017

Contact: Magen Allen

MAllen@hungerfreeamerica.org

(212) 825-0028 x212

***Media Advisory***

2017 MLK Anti-Hunger Weekend of Service to Feature Over 400 Volunteers at 38 Sites Across the City    

Volunteers Combining Direct Action and Social Justice to Fight Hunger 

Sunday Kick-Off Event to Feature Elected Officials and Community Leaders

What: Hunger Free America’s (Previously known as The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH)) Annual MLK Serve-a-Thon will engage over 400 volunteers at 38 sites across the city from Friday January 13th through Monday, January 16th. This year’s Serve-a-Thon will focus on skill-based strategic service to enable to volunteers to make an even bigger impact in the fight against hunger.

The press conference for the MLK Weekend of Service will take place on Sunday, January 15th at Repair the World, where volunteers will all meet before going into the community to hand out information on SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) and healthcare information.

Other events include Hunger Free America staff and volunteers in an outreach campaign to enroll community members in SNAP benefits and affordable health care.  Additionally, Hunger Free America will be providing a Youth Advocacy Training for school-aged volunteers which will engage young advocates around the Child Nutrition Programs. There will also be volunteers providing SNAP benefits outreach, assisting at soup kitchens and food pantries in organizational capacity, building work as well as food distribution. 

Who:

Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America

Alli Lesovoy, Representative of Repair the World

Barbara Hart, Hunger Free America Food Action Board Member

When: Sunday, January 15th, 12:30-1:00 PM, volunteering to follow

Where: Repair the World, 808 Nostrand Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11216

Other Sites Accepting Press Over the Weekend:

Manhattan- Broadway Community Kitchen- Friday, January 13th 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Volunteers will be preparing and serving a restaurant style lunch to guests.  The visuals for this event will include colorful fresh food preparation, volunteers serving full plates of food.

            Time and Location: Broadway Community, 601 W. 114 St. NY NY 10025, 10:00-3:00

Manhattan- Trinity Church- Friday, January 13th 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Volunteers will be packing brown bag lunches for low-income and homeless families in lower Manhattan.  Visuals include a beautiful church, volunteers packing food, signage indicating what it’s for.

            Time and Location: Trinity Church, 209 Broadway, New York, NY 10006, 10:00 am to noon

Brooklyn- Advocacy Workshop with Berkeley Carroll- Monday, January 16th 1:00-3:00pm

            *This Site Requires Advance Notice of Press Attending 

Volunteers will be writing letters to elected officials.  Visuals will be a group of students and faculty, a beautiful private school.

            Time and Location: 712 Carroll St. Brooklyn NY, 1:00-3:00 PM

Manhattan- Broadway Community Kitchen- Monday, January 16th 10:00 am-3:00 pm

Volunteers will be preparing and serving a restaurant style lunch to guests.  The visuals for this event will include colorful fresh food preparation, volunteers serving full plates of food.

            Time and Location: Broadway Community, 601 W. 114 St. NY NY 10025, 10:00-3:00

*Full schedule of events is available upon request.

Why: The MLK Serve-a-Thon commemorates the late Dr. King’s goal of building a sustained social movement recognizing economic opportunity, food security, and equality as civil rights.

Through our 2016 MLK Weekend of Service, we will show that we have the audacity to dream of a city and a nation where no person goes hungry, all workers receive a living wage, and everyone has equitable opportunities to achieve their full potential.

This dream echoes what Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned in his acceptance speech when he received the Noble Peace Prize in 1964: “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity equality and freedom for their spirits.”

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