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Dillard University’s MLK Day of Service to Address Senior Food Insecurity with Support from Amerihealth and Community Leaders

January 9, 2024

Media Contact: 
Mary Arias
Phone: 504.816.4951
Email: marias@dillard.edu

Dillard University, in partnership with Amerihealth, Lighthouse, Topbox, and Feigley Communications, announces a community event on January 15, 2024, for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the university’s campus, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, focusing on food insecurity among older adults.

Nick Harris, Executive Director of DU Community Relations, comments on the event. “Our MLK Day of Service will distribute over 200 boxes of fresh produce and fruits to older adults and families. We’re also initiating a community garden on campus to support our food studies and research programs and strengthen community ties,” said Harris.

The event will include the distribution of 200 dry food boxes filled with fruits and vegetables, in collaboration with Amerihealth, Lighthouse, Topbox, and Feigley Communications.

Additionally, a Community Health and Resources Fair will be held, offering health-related information and resources to attendees.

The day will also feature special appearances by members of the New Orleans Saints and their Cheer Krewe, adding a celebratory aspect to the service day.

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this community initiative. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nick Harris at nharris@dillard.edu

About Dillard University:

Dillard University, Louisiana’s oldest historically Black university, focuses on leadership development in ethical living, precise thinking, and courageous action. The private, faith-based liberal arts university in New Orleans offers various majors and certificate programs. Dillard is recognized for its academic standing, including rankings in The New York Times Mobility Index and Academic Influence. Its mission emphasizes guiding future leaders. For more information, visit www.dillard.edu.

For further details, contact:

Nick Harris
Office of Community and Church Relations
Dillard University