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* MLK Day food drive, a service learning project

Nine ways to give
The nine participating grocery stores in the SCC MLK Day of Service Food Drive, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Jan. 18, 2010 are:


Central Market

            15505 Westminster Way

Fred Meyer

            18325 Aurora Ave. N.

            13000 Lake City Way

Greenwood Market

            8500 Third Ave NW

QFC   

            9999 Holman Road

            3020 NE 127th St.
Safeway

            8704 Greenwood Ave. N

            15332 Aurora Ave. N
            12318 15th Ave. NE

Every January, students, faculty and staff from Shoreline Community College join millions of others around the country to pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, along with speeches and other activities, the college is planning a food drive on Jan. 18 at nine local grocery stores as the focal point for a day of community service in King’s honor.

 

“MLK Day was declared a national day of service by Congress in 1994,” said Kaelyn Caldwell, SCC’s service-learning coordinator. “What better way to honor Dr. King than to bring a community together to help others on his day?”

 

Coordinated through the Center for Service Learning, Caldwell also worked with SCC Veterans Center coordinator Jonathan Phillips and student Ava Munson, who serves in student government as Minister of Social Justice. The project is supported by the Dr. Ronald E. Bell Student Leadership Fund through the SCC Foundation.

 

“Local food banks and the people who rely on them are suffering. Demand is increasing while donations are not,” Caldwell said.  Food banks in the Shoreline/North Seattle area have reported a 30 percent increase in the use of their emergency food services, she said.

 

The drive’s goal is ambitious, to collect 25,000 pounds of food. Volunteers will be at nine local grocery stores (see box) to take donations from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Jan. 18. Volunteers will also have suggested shopping lists with those items most needed by food banks.

 

All donations will be distributed to partnering food banks, including: Hopelink, the Greenwood Food Bank and North Helpline/Lake City Food Bank. While the main thrust of the drive will be on Martin Luther King Day at the nine grocery stores, Caldwell said the team, which includes more than 20 students, will also take donations Jan.19 on campus.

 

Caldwell said the team can always use more volunteers. “This is your chance to engage as a volunteer in the first Annual SCC King Day of Service,” she said. Volunteers can register for three-hour shifts at http://www.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=drivingouthunger.  

 

If you have questions, please contact Caldwell at 206-533-6690. 

 

Service learning at SCC

Nine ways to give
The nine participating grocery stores in the SCC MLK Day of Service Food Drive, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Jan. 18, 2010 are:


Central Market

            15505 Westminster Way

Fred Meyer

            18325 Aurora Ave. N.

            13000 Lake City Way

Greenwood Market

            8500 Third Ave NW

QFC   

            9999 Holman Road

3020 NE 127th St.
Safeway

8704 Greenwood Ave. N            15332 Aurora Ave. N
            12318 15th Ave. NE

 

In October, 2007, the college joined Washington Campus Compact, a statewide coalition of colleges and universities to promote service learning.  Washington Campus Compact has a grant from AmeriCorps*VISTA to help serve people in poverty through service learning.

                                                                                  Donna Myers/PIO

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