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MLK Day of Service to Honor Veterans

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kathy Leone
954-484-7117 ext. 115
kleone@impactbroward.org

Impact Broward’s Veteran Food Drive in Honor of
Martin Luther King Day of Service

Broward businesses collect non-perishable food to help veteran families in need.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL (December 15, 2016) – In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with leading this effort. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off”.

Impact Broward, the Senior Corps sponsor under the Corporation for National and Community Service in Broward County, will be celebrating the legacy of Dr. King through the Fifth Annual Food Drive for Veterans as a result of a generous grant received from Broward College. Last year, 13 local businesses joined forces with Impact Broward and collected 2,086.5 lbs of non-perishable food items. Volunteers sorted the food collected and created 210 grocery bags which were distributed to veterans and their families. Social workers at the Department of Veteran Affairs identified veterans in need and the American Legion Posts 321, Post 220 and Post 222 each took packages back to their posts for distribution to veterans in need.

The 2017 MLK Day of Service Veteran Food Drive is taking place now through January 12, 2017. Food drive partners and supporters include: VITAS Healthcare; Kaufman Rossin; MBAF/Morrison, Brown, Agriz & Farra, LLC; Infinity Homecare; Humana American Eldercare; Remax Premier Associates; Fresh Box Café; Thomas P. Johnston Post 222; and the Department of Veteran Affairs at the William Kling VA Outpatient Clinic. Impact Broward staff will utilize volunteer assistance from partners and veterans to sort and package the food on January 12th from 10am-2pm at the Thomas P. Johnston Post 222 in Oakland Park.

Impact Broward’s MLK Day of Service will culminate on Friday, January 13, 2017 from 11am – 4pm and all food collected will be distributed to veterans in need through the American Legion Thomas P. Johnston Post 222 and the William Kling VA Outpatient Clinic.

For more information or to assist with this year’s MLK Day of Service Veteran Food Drive, please contact Impact Broward’s RSVP Program Director Kathy Leone at 954-484-7117 ext. 115.
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Corporation for National & Community Service is the Federal Corporation responsible for providing federal funding for the following programs: The Corporation contributes $123,630 of Federal funds which is 75% of the total cost of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; $530,249 of Federal funds which is 59% of the total cost of the Foster Grandparent Program; and $327,043 of Federal funds which is 66% of the total cost of the Senior Companion Program.© 2016 Impact Broward.

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