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Feed the hungry Jan. 16

Published 9:59pm Tuesday, January 3, 2012

“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies,” declared the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the November 1964 Nobel Peace Prize speech.

Four decades later, King’s wish remains unfulfilled. The global food market’s shelves are getting bare, hunger activists say — and it will get worse. How can you help?

Consider making Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 16, a day to volunteer your time and talent to helping Feed the Hungry.

The Volunteer Center of Southwest Michigan hosts a time to reflect on King’s legacy at  two community breakfasts on MLK Day: Lake Michigan College Mendel Center in Benton Harbor (RSVP to Jannette 927-8100 ext. 5266) or Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Niles from 7 to 10 a.m. (RSVPs not required).

After the breakfasts, head to a drop-in volunteer site to give as much time as your schedule allows or pick up a list of food pantries and fill a grocery bag with items to feed the hungry.

Volunteer ahead of time by decorating paper bags and dropping them off at the Volunteer Center the week before. Paper bags will be distributed to those collecting food.

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