Dillard launches community garden, addresses local food insecurity on MLK Day
Dillard University observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a Day of Service on Monday (Jan. 15), focusing on addressing food insecurity in the community. The event attracted students, staff, faculty and alumni, with participation from New Orleans Saints representatives, Cheer Krewe, and Gumbo the Saints’ Mascot.
More than 200 boxes of fresh produce and fruits were distributed at the event, benefiting local residents. The day also included activity in a community garden, aimed at promoting sustainable food practices and education.
In addition to the distribution of food and community garden, the Day of Service included a Community Health and Resources Fair, offering attendees access to health-related information and services.
Nick Harris, executive director of Dillard University Community Relations, commented on the event’s success. “We’re extremely grateful for today’s turnout. Our collective effort to address food insecurity is a vital step towards educating and empowering our communiversity to maintain healthy lifestyles,” Harris said.
This event at Dillard University marked a commitment to addressing immediate needs while supporting sustainable community initiatives, honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service.