More than 250 Northern Virginia Community College students, faculty, staff and surrounding community members will work together during the MLK National Day of Service. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East Campus Dr., Alexandria, VA 22311.
For the fifth year, NOVA campuses partnered with Stop Hunger Now to package thousands of dehydrated meals in an effort to end hunger around the world. This year, NOVA will also partner with the Springfield Rotary Club and are hoping to package more than 30,000 food kits to distribute to those in need.
In its eight years of participating in the National Day of Service, NOVA has partnered with nonprofit organizations and encouraged students and the local community to volunteer each year. For the past seven years, more than 2,500 students, faculty, staff and local community members have participated in the National MLK Day of Service.
Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover, dean of Learning & Technology Resources, said the Alexandria Campus has been referring to the day of volunteering as a “day on, not a day off” – an opportunity for people to make an impact on others around the world.
Since 1998, Stop Hunger Now has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world. The food kit process combines rice, soy dehydrated vegetables and a flavoring mix including 21 essential vitamins and minerals into small meal packets. The organization works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals to countries in need. The majority of Stop Hunger Now meals supply school lunch programs.
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.