The day dedicated to giving back; MLK Junior

January 22, 2013 12:03:27 AM PST
Hundreds of Valley veterans and military families will have a healthy meal thanks to The Community Food Bank and a legion of volunteers.

They distributed food boxes and served others, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior.

The cold weather had no effect on the warm welcome from over 200 volunteers who filled grocery baskets for Valley families.

From oranges to avocados, a variety of fresh food from The Community Food Bank was given to veterans and military families, at Fresno's Manchester Center.

80 employees of Kaiser Permanente Fresno used a vacation day to volunteer their time for the day of service as an effort that's encouraged by their medical center.

Kaiser Fresno's Senior Vice President Jeff Collins said, "We're doing a day on instead of a taking the day off so we're delivering food to the needy, we're serving veterans and veterans families this year. We plan to distribute about 40,000 pounds of food to 700 families."

Other volunteers from Hands on Central California and the Fresno Police Officers Association helped load groceries into cars and kept the food distribution running smoothly.

Many FPOA members brought their own families to carry on a tradition of service.

FPOA Vice President Damon Kurtz said, "Most people just associate us with labor relations with the city but we're real big into community service."

Marisela Casillas of Fresno is thankful for the food to feed her family and the smiles that came with the donation.

"It's nice," Casillas said. "It helps us out a lot. It's really nice."

Veterans and military families not only get a healthy dose of healthy food, but they also get a helping hand around the house, with a few cleaning supplies.

"It's just our way of living the vision of Dr. King that we're giving back to the community," Collins said.

Volunteers say they were honored to serve veterans and their families who served the country.


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