What is MLK Day of Service?
MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for individuals and families to get engaged in the community and solve social problems. Service breaks down barriers by bringing people from different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences together – volunteering can bring people of all ages together and create stronger communities.
Monday, January 16, 2023
The Northeast Iowa Food Bank in partnership with University of Northern Iowa’s Office of Community Engagement and Panther Pantry, along with the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley is excited to offer ‘MLK Back Packin’ the Dome’ Martin Luther King Day of Service event at the UNI-Dome on January 16th, 2023. This event is expected to be the single largest volunteer event held in the Cedar Valley.
Participants are invited to help package food for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank that will be contributed towards their BackPack Program. The BackPack Program serves 4,100 children, at 159 different schools across northeast Iowa each month. Before school lets out for the weekend, children receive assembled bags of kid-friendly meals and snacks that can fit in their school bags. Last year, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank distributed 150,000 of these BackPacks across their 16-county service area.