Rock Creek students help raise over 1 TON of food for MLK Day of Service
January 27, 2015
Aubry Ledbetter Gabbard, Rock Creek Editor
34 years ago, the first efforts were made to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s civil rights accomplishments by observing his life every third Monday in January. Concerned that King’s legacy had been reduced to another long weekend, in 1994 a bill passed making Martin Luther King Day the country’s only federally-recognized day of service.
Last Monday, PCC joined 37 other local partners to serve. The Club House, ASPCC, the Women’s Resource Center, and many volunteers including PCC staff, International Students Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and youth from the Forest Grove High School collected approximately 2,800 pounds, or 1.4 tons, of food to support The Rock Creek Canteen.
According to a recent study, at one regional university rates of food insecurity are 59%–4 times higher than the average population—despite the students working an average of 18 hours a week. Food insecurity, defined by the Oxford dictionary as “The state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food”, can be correlated with factors including poor health, struggling in school, and lower income.
Rock Creek Student Leadership, clubs and organizations designed The Rock Creek Canteen to help PCC students battling food insecurity. Students can come to the RC Women’s Resource Center (Building 7, Room 119), once a month to ask to use the canteen. After they show their student ID with a valid term sticker, a peer advocate will put together a food package for them to take home.
Way to make MLK day a “day on, not a day off!”
You can learn more about
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at http://www.thekingcenter.org/making-king-holiday
Rock Creek Canteen at http://www.pcc.edu/resources/women/rock-creek/canteen-project.html