On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some 200 volunteers braved the bitter cold temperatures to benefit the Food Bank of Western New York.
For this year’s seventh annual MLK Day Hamburg Food Drive, the cold hasn’t put a stop to collecting donations for the Food Bank.
Bundled up volunteers piled into vans and even went by foot through the Village of Hamburg to collect donations left on porches. The canned and non-perishable items that are collected were brought back to the Hamburg Memorial Youth Center, where volunteers sort and bag them before it’s brought to the Food Bank's headquarters.
Together, the Service Collaborative of Western New York and their partners work together to honor Dr. Kings legacy on this day of service.
"The purpose is a day on not a day off. It's a time for people to come together to do good not only for themselves but for their community,” said Kate Sarata, executive director of the Service Collaborative of WNY. “We are just one small project across the nation of national day of service projects to emulate what Dr. Martin Luther King lived his life to be."
They’re hoping to reach around 15,000 pounds of donations.