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Nearly 450 volunteers honored Martin Luther King

January 17, 2012
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Presented by Bank of America


Nearly 450 volunteers sorted food-drive donations and repacked produce, pasta, rice, oats and pinto beans at Oregon Food Bank on Monday for a day of service fighting hunger to honor the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteers sorted and repacked 154,840 pounds of food, exceeding the day's goal and processing more food in one day than is processed in a normal work week.

Volunteers worked at OFB's northeast Portland headquarters and at OFB West, and included individuals and families, and groups from Bank of America, Pacific Power, Olive Garden, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of the West, Girl Scouts, Hands on Greater Portland in partnership with United Way, Intel, Westview High School, Partnership for Student Achievement and others.

Congress passed and President Clinton signed this sanctioned MLK Day of Service in 1994 to challenge Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action through volunteer service. This day is in keeping with Dr. King’s belief mirrored in his statement: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’” MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, President Obama’s national call to service. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our national problems.

“At Bank of America, we’re committed to strengthening our local communities, and one way we do that is by partnering with Oregon Food Bank, which is working hard to address the critical hunger issue we face locally,” said Roger Hinshaw, market president at Bank of America. “It’s powerful when we’re able to come together during this MLK Day volunteering effort to honor the spirit of Dr. King and make a difference for those in need.”

“Volunteers make a big difference. This day will be busy, but, most of all, it celebrates volunteerism,” says Laura Golino de Lovato, director of development, Oregon Food Bank.

The financial support of sponsors allows Oregon Food Bank to open OFB and OFB West on a scheduled holiday and to purchase food and supplies for volunteers to process for distribution. Bank of America was the event's presenting sponsor. Other corporate sponsors included Intel, Pacific Power, Bank of the West and Kaiser Permanente. Olive Garden will provided a hot meal for all volunteers at both facilities as a way to say “thank you” on the Day of Service.
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