Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” BAPS Charities commemorated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day through an act of service to making the community a better place. In addition to the devastating impact on people’s lives and health due to COVID -19, the pandemic has also negatively impacted the economy and the financial standing of many. The loss of income has led to food insecurity, especially in having access to nutritious foods for many individuals and families.
BAPS Charities partnered with California State Senator Josh Newman to donate close to 1,000 pounds of canned and non-perishable goods to the Second Harvest Orange County affiliated food pantry at Anaheim United Methodist Church. Senator Newman stressed the importance of the community coming together on this day. “The pandemic has been mild for some, but devastating for many others. Activities like food drives are essential to keep people fed and housed during times like these. Partnerships and donations like these truly capture the spirit of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and day of service.”
To help combat COVID-related food insecurity, BAPS Charities in Los Angeles provided food donations to homeless shelters, food banks, and low-income communities. BAPS Charities thanks all of the volunteers and donors of diverse ages and backgrounds who came together to help the community.
Lee Strohm a volunteer for the Anaheim United Methodist Church’s food pantry shared his gratitude. “Donations like these are essential to feed our community, especially during this time. The food pantry at Anaheim United Methodist Church serves people from Anaheim and beyond and the need continues to grow each and every day. Thank you BAPS Charities for your donation and partnership.”
Donations were collected while observing appropriate masking and social distance guidelines to protect the health of everyone involved. BAPS Charities volunteers all across the US and around the world are finding ways to help their communities. From the distribution of food to the donations of N95 masks to hospitals to providing monetary assistance to charitable organizations, BAPS Charities aims to support local communities.