2013 MLK Day Food Drive a Success!

Food Drive:

On Monday, January 21, 2013,  United Way, Coe College, Mount Mercy University, Goodwill, Linn County Public Health, and Evergreen Packaging held a food drive for HACAP Food Reservoir.  The food drive gave the community a way to give back and honor Dr. King’s legacy on his day of service.

All together the sites collected 2,063 pounds of food!  That is enough for 1,719 meals!

Food Sculptures:

After all of the food was collected United Way, Coe, Mount Mercy, and Goodwill  built “sculptures” out of their donated food items!  Check them out on our Facebook page  and tell us which one you like the most!


In 1994, Congress passed legislation encouraging Americans to observe the King Holiday as a national day of service. Each year, MLK Day brings people together to meet needs in their community. Participation has grown every year.

The King Day of Service provides the opportunity to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through service to meet local and national needs.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2013:

MLK day is on January 21, 2013 and is a day to honor Dr. King’s legacy of freedom and unity.  Across the nation thousands of communities will come together on this day to serve their neighbors.  Dr. King believed in the power of people to come together to create change and better communities.  Coe College, HACAP, Mt. Mercy University, and United Way of East Central Iowa have come together to provide ways for our community to serve each other on the day.

Kids Against Hunger Event:THIS EVENT IS FULL
Mount Mercy University’s Kids Against Hunger club will be hosting a food packaging event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 9am-12pm in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall (on the Mount Mercy’s campus).


Kids Against Hunger is a national organization which seeks to provide healthy, shelf-stable meals for children & families nationally and internationally.  The food packaging event will consist of preparing individual meal-sized servings of nutritional food such as rice, soy, vegetables and vitamins.  Our team expects to package over 4,000 meals, and could use your help. . THIS EVENT IS FULL

Food Drive and Food Sculpture Contest:

Hunger knows every season.  While many families receive food assistance over the holidays, donations tend to drop off after the holidays. Help us keep area food pantries stocked this winter by donating non-perishable food items for our Food Drive.  All donations will go to the HACAP food reservoir to support area food pantries.  Donations can be dropped off at these locations:

Mount Mercy University

  • Busse Hall, 1330 Elmhurst Dr
  • January 14th-20th 8am-4pm

Coe College

  • Lower Gage Memorial Union, 1220 1st Avenue NE
  • January 14th-20th 8am-4pm

Linn County Public Health

  • 501 13th St. NW Cedar Rapids IA 52405
  • January 14-18 and January 21st from 8am-4pm

United Way of East Central Iowa

  • 317 7th Ave SE
  •  January 21st from 8am-4pm

Goodwill Stores

  • 5520 Council Street NE, Cedar Rapids
  • 2000 Scotty Drive SW, Cedar Rapids
  • 3202 7th Avenue, Marion
  • January 21st 8am-4pm

The food sculpting contest took place on Jan. 21, 2013.   Voting was held on United Way of East Central Iowa’s Facebook page, on Jan. 22, 2013..  We encourage you to visit our Facebook page on that day and see how our community came together in service on MLK day.  The winner got the satisfaction of providing food to families in need.


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