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How You Can Honor Dr. King and Help Your Local Food Bank

Holiday Food Drives have poured in with staple foods, but the Food Bank is short on protein items. Can you help us by donating peanut butter, beans, canned tuna and canned chicken?

On Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, many students and workers have the day off to reflect on the life's work of the civil rights leader. At the end of his life, Dr. King was working on the "Poor People's Campaign," a movement to ensure that everyone--regardless of race, class, or creed--had their basic needs met in a society as rich as our own.

This Monday, Jan. 21, more than 130 volunteers will join the Alameda County Community Food Bank to sort a windfall of fresh produce and food-drive donations for our neighbors meet their most basic need: food. Though the event is full, you can still help make a difference.

Although the holidays are over, hunger is a year-round problem. The Food Bank is experiencing a shortage of high-quality protein items such as peanut butter, beans, canned tuna and canned chicken. Drop off your donations at the Food Bank on Monday between 9 a.m. and noon (7900 Edgewater Drive), or at a food-drive barrel location near you.

You can also help by signing up to volunteer anytime in January, February and March! Many shifts (especially on weekdays) have room for more than 30 volunteers. Bring in your coworkers, family, friends, book club, youth group or other large group to help us firsthand.

For details on food drive donations and how to volunteer, click here.

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Zolla January 19, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Wow, posted January 15th, 4 days ago. I would have thought that every love giving liberal I’ve run across here on the Patch would have volunteered something to help the needy. I guess it just goes to show, they’re going to keep what they have but force everyone else to share theirs. Why am I not surprised.
geoff snow January 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I'm a liberal and I've been giving to the Alameda County Food Bank since the nineties. I've even gone in to the center to help out. Since it's definitely a worthy cause, I'm sure people from across the political spectrum have done their part.

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