Rock Island, IL –- In honor of the legacy of Martin Luther King, members of the Disability Awareness Coalition are teaming up to hold a Quad City community wide food drive to benefit local food pantries.
People with disabilities should be full included and fully participate in every aspect of their community, including service. The Arc of the Quad Cities Area in partnership with the QC Disability Awareness Coalition is kicking off a food drive in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. who said. “The time is always right, to do what is right.” The Coalition knows that people with disabilities have many talents and skills to offer their community. Community service is something that every American can participate in regardless of disability.
MLK called on all Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. In order to transform his teaching into community action members of the QC Disability Awareness Coalition are tackling food insecurity by spearheading a Food Drive in honor of MLK. The MLK Food Drive engages volunteers with and without disabilities to work hand-in-hand to serve people in need. Volunteers will be picking up non-perishable donated items and delivering them to local food pantries to address food in-security in the Quad Cities.
WHO: MLK Food Drive
WHEN: May 11 thru May 25
WHAT: Non-perishable items
WHY: In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
WHERE TO BRING FOOD ITEMS: Robert R. Jones Public Library (Coal Valley), East Moline Public Library, Black Hawk Area Special Education Center, Assumption High School, Roosevelt Community Center, United Township High School, Moline Library, Rock Island Library, all HyVee locations, Rock Island Parks & Recreation, all Athletico locations, Hand in Hand, HDC, Gigi’s Playhouse, and The Arc of the Quad Cities Area.
Please consider participating in the MLK Food Drive with your non-perishable food items that can be dropped off at: Robert R. Jones Public Library (Coal Valley), East Moline Public Library, Black Hawk Area Education Center, United Township High School, Moline Library, Rock Island Library, all Hy-Vee locations (Rock Island, Moline, Davenport, Bettendorf, Silvis, Milan) Rock Island Parks & Recreation, Athletico (Rock Island, Silvis, Davenport, Bettendorf), Hand in Hand, Gigi’s Playhouse, HDC, Assumption High School, Roosevelt Community Center, and The Arc of the Quad Cities Area.
Members of the QC Disability Awareness Coalition will be re-distributing donations to Quad City food pantries. Disability Awareness Coalition members include; The Arc of the Quad Cities Area, HDC, TQCSHA, Davenport Parks & Recreation, Kiwanis Aktion Club, Special Olympics Illinois, Gigi’s Playhouse of the Quad Cities, Camp Courageous, Illinois Iowa Center for Independent Living, Hand in Hand, Special Olympics Iowa, Project Search.
MLK said, “Everyone can be great, because everyone can serve.”
The Food Drive is administered by The Arc of the Quad Cities Area courtesy of a grant through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that leads the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, to help plan and execute volunteer projects that unite Americans in service for the MLK Day of Service and throughout the year.