What Will You Do on MLK Day?

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"  On the weekend of January 18-20, people throughout Oregon will come together to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by working to improve their communities.

A great place to dig in and serve your community is engaging kids with food! It connects them to our beautiful state, instills life long healthy eating habits, and strengthens our local food system.
Oregon has an awesome team of FoodCorps service members who do just that everyday. FoodCorps is a proud partner of the AmeriCorps network. In Oregon, FoodCorps service members serve seven counties all over the state, devoting a year of their lives to serving an Oregon community. The sites range from rural coastal, to high country desert communities, and suburban to urban locations in the Willamette and Rogue Valleys.
In each of theses communities, FoodCorps service members play a vital role.  They teach kids how to grow their own food, how to cook it, and help schools purchase local foods. They are the boots on the ground whose service helps increase agricultural and food literacy; strengthen community food security and reduce hunger; grow markets for farmers; and fostering career entrants into food work.
You don’t have to volunteer a full year of your life to have an impact, even an hour makes a difference. Grow the spirit of volunteerism and service in your kids! Choose an activity that they can do too.
Here are 5 things you can do on MLK day that will make a difference:
·      Help out in a local school garden;
·      Repackage food donations or lead nutrition education classes with the food bank;
·      Tend crops and teach kids at an urban educational farm
·      Spruce up and expand community gardens
·      Join efforts to make Oregon hunger-free
Looking for an organization to volunteer with? Search opportunities around Oregon  or in Central Oregon specifically
Want to plan a Day of Service Project? Find a project planning toolkit and other education resources
Learn more about the MLK Day of Service