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Virginia Tech students sponsor food drive on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to help local food pantries

BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 14, 2011 – Need to go to the grocery? Save your shopping until Monday, Jan. 17, when you can also buy food to donate to the Martin Luther King Day Food Drive. 

Virginia Tech students and local youth groups will be collecting food at six Blacksburg-area grocery stores in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service.

Virginia Tech's Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships is sponsoring the event with help from a grant provided by the Campus Kitchens Project and the Corporation for National Community Service.

Groups will be collecting food from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from participating grocery stores to be donated to five local food pantries. That food will help to feed hungry families in the New River Valley and beyond.

The following stores are accepting donations:

  • Kroger, North Main Street, Blacksburg;
  • Kroger, University City Boulevard, Blacksburg;
  • Kroger, North Franklin Street, Christiansburg;
  • Kroger, Lee Highway, Fairlawn;
  • Walmart, North Franklin Street, Christiansburg; and
  • Walmart, Peppers Ferry Boulevard, Fairlawn.

The five pantries that will benefit from the food drive include The Giving Tree in Christiansburg, Giles Christian Mission, Pulaski Daily Bread, Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, and the Radford Highlander Backpack Program.

The food drive is just one of many events going on to celebrate the Virginia Tech’s Martin Luther King Week of Service from Jan. 17-22. The events scheduled for the celebration are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.

Written by Lexi Edwards.