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On MLK Day 2016, the Public School Partnership collected...
...from 4 local grocery stores: Lee's (Logan), Macey's (Providence), Walmart (south), and Natural Grocers.
51 America Reads AmeriCorps members also held their own baby care item drive as part of our MLK Day efforts. These members brought in a total of 2677 BABY CARE items from six local schools, with Lincoln Elementary (Hyrum, UT) bringing in the most donations! All donations benefited local pantries serving disadvantaged youth, seniors, families, and students as well as the My Young Mother program, which was created by PSP VISTA Gracie Botello to support a young mother from Cache Valley as she pursues a college degree at BATC.
Throughout the MLK Day project, 85 volunteers from CVNSA programs - AmeriCorps VISTA*Public School Partnership, Cache Valley SeniorCorps RSVP, and AmeriCorps*America Reads - and the community served a total of 266 volunteer hours! We also partnered with the Cache Valley Senior Citizens Center, the USU Val R. Christensen Service Center, and Jesse Walker of Jesse Walker Photography, and UServeUtah, Utah's state commission on volunteering.
What a great day ON!
Our AmeriCorps VISTA members will team up with local SeniorCorps and USU Service Center volunteers this MLK Day. We will be located in various grocery stores around the community requesting food, hygiene, baby, and household items that will be donated to food pantries in Cache Valley as well as the My Young Mother program.
Check out this press release written by USU's Amanda Derito:
January 11, 2016
Contact: Shonna Ferree, AmeriCorps VISTA*Public School Partnership
USU-based AmeriCorps Holds Post-Holiday Season Food Drive
Utah State University-based AmeriCorps is holding a food drive to benefit local families, students, youth and seniors on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan.18, 2016. The event also supports “My Young Mother,” a scholarship program developed to financially support young mothers in Cache Valley pursuing college degrees at USU.
“Donations during the post-holiday season are critical,” said Nelda Ault of USU’s Val R. Christensen Service Center. “Unlike clothing drives or teddy bear drives, the piles of donations from holiday food drives are depleted quickly. The need is constant.”
Macey’s (Providence), Walmart (south), Natural Grocers and Lee’s (Logan) have donated store space for the service project, and national and community service members serving in the AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps programs will be set up at the stores to collect donations, which will go to local food pantries.
Community members are asked to contribute to the food drive by making a donation of shelf-stable food, baby items, hygiene products or household items on at any of the above participating grocery stores.
“Any donation of any size will help someone living here in Cache Valley,” said Shonna Ferree, a leader with AmeriCorps VISTA’S Public School Partnership at USU.
The food drive is sponsored by the Public School Partnership, an AmeriCorps VISTA non-profit organization based at Utah State University. Other Cache Valley National Service Alliance programs providing support include SeniorCorps RSVP and Foster Grandparents and AmeriCorps America Reads, the Cache County Senior Citizens Center and the USU Val R. Christensen Service Center. The project has also received support from UServeUtah, Utah’s state commission on service and volunteerism.