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APSU Diversity Committee to host Jan. 30 meal-packing event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 500 student volunteers will gather on the campus of Austin Peay State University Friday, Jan. 30 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – More than 500 student volunteers will gather on the campus of Austin Peay State University Friday, Jan. 30 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., volunteers will do their part to help alleviate hunger in a third-world country with a meal-packaging event hosted by the APSU Diversity Committee and Feed My Starving Children. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.

Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding children and adults with hand-packed meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. The meals packed by APSU student volunteers will be shipped to a third-world country, where they will feed those affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.

Fonda Fields, APSU director of human resources and a member of the APSU Diversity Committee, said this year’s service project would be the first of its kind for the University.

“We’ve always (celebrated MLK Day), but we’ve never really had a service project for the day,” Fields said. “For this year, we wanted to try something that our entire campus community could get involved with.”

Volunteers will be needed for one of three shifts during the day: 10 a.m.-noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. Volunteers are also being sought for a Thursday, Jan. 29 setup shift and a teardown shift Friday, following the packaging event.

To sign up for the event, visit PEAYLINK at https://apsu.collegiatelink.net. For more information, visit http://www.apsu.edu/diversity.

 - Colin Harris, APSU communication specialist