(From L to R) NYCCAH Executive Director Joel Berg, City Councilman Ben Kallos, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, Xavier Mission Food Action Board Member Oralia Morand, and State Senator Brad Hoylman speak about food insecurity and justice at the MLK Serve-a-Thon Kick-Off event.
Elected officials, the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, members of the Xavier Mission Food Action Board and Xavier Mission staff, and dozens of volunteers gathered in Hurtado Hall at the Church of St. Francis Xavier to commemorate the legacy of service and social justice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to kick-off NYCCAH’s thirteenth annual Serve-a-Thon.
“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.
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.”
Check out press from the 2008 MLK Serv-a-Thon, also held at Xavier Mission!