President-elect Obama’s and Vice President-elect Biden’s “Renew America Together” initiative begins on Martin Luther King Day, January 19th 2009 to “honor the legacy of a man who lived his life in service to others” and asks Americans of all ages to participate in local community service. “Renew America Together” will officially launch a web site on January 19,2009. On the eve of the Inauguration, thousands of community service events will take place in Washington and all across the country.
In Nashville,Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will host a “Day of Service” on January 19th. Volunteer opportunities are available at Second Harvest for individuals and groups to sort and pack non perishable and perishable food donations throughout the day.
“We are excited to be a part of this initiative and are hopeful that many Americans will chose to volunteer at their local food bank,” said Jaynee Day, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest continues to experience increased demand for emergency food box assistance. In December they distributed over one million pounds of food in the forty six counties they service in Tennessee. “Many of the agencies we work with are experiencing up to fifty percent increases in requests for assistance over the same time period a year ago,” said Day. “We are seeing new faces every day – many are struggling to choose between rent and food. Unemployment and utility expenses are on the rise and we anticipate seeing more and more new families in need of assistance in 2009.”
For more information on Second Harvest’s “Day Of Service” or to register to volunteer call 615-329-3491.