Food bank teams up with local organizations for MLK Day of Service

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – All across the East, people are taking the time to give back to their communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Later today, hundreds of people from the Pitt County National Pan-Hellenic Council and ECU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement will team up with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, the single largest day of service for the food bank.

Everything from fresh produce to canned goods will be shipped out all across the East.

The goal is to help fight hunger for the thousands of people who go without knowing where their next meal will come from.

For the volunteers, it’s about knowing they’re making a difference in the community.

“I think it’s important for us to memorialize Dr. King,” said Alex Dennis, assistant director for the ECU Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. “Not for just his work with civil rights but also for his work for communities and trying to develop communities and bring people up.”

The food bank serves more people on Martin Luther King Jr. Day  than any other day because of the amount of help they have.

“People are going to come together on a holiday, on a vacation day if you will to serve others,” said George Young of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. “We are just grateful at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for folks that want to come and take their time and join with us to help move this food.”

The food bank estimates over 80,000 pounds of food will be distributed.

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