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The MLK Serve-a-Thon

“And I submit that nothing will be done until people of goodwill put their bodies and their souls in motion.” – Martin Luther King, Jr., “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” 1968

For NYCCAH’s 13th annual MLK Day Serve-a-Thon on Monday, January 20, 2014, we will honor Dr. King’s legacy as a civil rights and anti-poverty leader and activist by putting volunteers “in motion” throughout the city to help advance food security in our communities.

Volunteer activities will include:

  • Direct Food Service
  • SNAP (formerly food stamps) Outreach
  • School Breakfast Outreach
  • Advocacy Outreach
  • Public Awareness

All of these activities are highlighted in our Ending Hunger Through Citizen Service Strategic Volunteerism Initiative. You can find more information about this initiative at:

Through our 2014 MLK Day Serve-a-Thon we will show that we have the audacity to dream of a city and a nation where no person goes hungry, all workers receive a living wage, and everyone has equitable opportunities to achieve their full potential.

This dream echoes what Martin Luther King, Jr. envisioned in his acceptance speech when he received the Noble Peace Prize in 1964: “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”

We will continue to update this page with more information about how you can dream and act with us once we confirm all volunteer opportunities. Please stay tuned!

For those who are unable to volunteer on January 20th, you can host a Virtual Food Drive and Fundraiser to support NYCCAH’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program and Advocacy efforts. You and your friends, family, and colleagues can help low-income families access farm-fresh foods throughout the 2014 growing season, as well as help us ensure our local, state, and federal leaders make food and economic security a priority for all families.

Please check back soon for more information about how you can host your own Virtual Food Drive and Fundraiser in honor of MLK Day.

If you have questions or would like more information about our Serve-a-Thon, please email Rebekah Gowler at, with “MLK Day Serve-a-Thon” in the subject line.

Press Coverage of past MLK Day Events