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Virtual Food Drive Opens for MLK National Day of Service

As part of the National Day of Service honoring Martin Luther King Jr., the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank will hold a virtual food drive Saturday open to Beverly Hills residents.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'"

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the holiday honoring King to serve their neighbors and communities.

The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, President Obama's national call to service initiative. It asks Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to the country's most pressing problems.

As part of the national public service effort, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is holding a virtual food drive Saturday for Beverly Hills residents. Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is a nonprofit that has been fighting hunger and serving disadvantaged communities since 1973.

To donate online, go to lafoodbank.org and choose from the menu: get involved, donate food, virtual food drives. Donors can also go to this link to make a pledge. 

The food bank also plans several Saturday events around Los Angeles to accept in-person donations of non-perishable food and personal care items:

Vons Pavilions, West Hollywood - 8969 Santa Monica Blvd., noon to 4 p.m.

 Rockin' Ralphs, Hollywood - 7257 Sunset Blvd., noon to 4 p.m.

Memorial Park, La Canada Flintridge: 1301 Foothill Blvd., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items needed include: cans of tuna, sardines, stew, soups, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruits and vegetables, fruit juices and staples such as beans, rice, and pasta. Personal care items such as lotion, deodorant and toothpaste are also requested.

For more information, contact Gail at artladyla@yahoo.com.

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