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Monday, January 19, 2015   

RENO, Nev. - People and organizations around Nevada are honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with acts of service on this holiday Monday, which honors the slain civil rights leader's birthday. Jocelyn Lantrip, director of marketing with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, says her organization is observing the MLK National Day of Service by offering parents the opportunity to volunteer with their children.

"The number one thing we hear from parents is they want to teach their children how to give back, and what it means to give back to their community," says Lantrip. "To really see something so tangible and to put food in bags for families is a great teachable moment for children."

Lantrip says in general kids need to be at least age 10 to work at the Food Bank warehouse, but today children of all ages are welcome. She says parents and kids alike will be packing produce into family-size bags for distribution to Food Bank clients through the organization's Mobile Pantry and partner agencies.

Lantrip says her organization is grateful for the extra volunteers and donations that may come today, but adds every day is one of need at the food bank.

"In Northern Nevada, we are still seeing many, many hungry families," she says. "We're feeding over 100,000 people every single month - a lot seniors, a lot of children still in need."

Lantrip says as many as one in four children in Northern Nevada don't have enough food on a daily basis.


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