MLK Day Food Drive


Bruce Reed of Interfaith Emergency Services, left, Maxi Rodriguez of Interfaith, center, and Ire Bethea, an Ocala City Councilman, right, unload donated food from a pickup truck during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day food drive at Interfaith Emergency services on Northwest 2nd Street in Ocala, Fla. on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Since the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities were cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, three local groups got together to help people in need on the holiday. The Second Bethlehem Baptist Association, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and the Marion County National Pan-Hellenic Council were all involved in the food drive where about 55 motorists drove in a caravan from the Second Bethlehem Baptist Theological Seminary to Interfaith Emergency Services food warehouse to deliver the donated food. Eric Cummings, a Marion County School Board member, who was one of the organizers of the food drive, said that instead of a parade, about 10,000 pounds of food and supples were donated to Interfaith on MLK Day. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2021.

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Posted January 18, 2021 | Photos By Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette

Since the Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities were cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, three local groups got together to help people in need on the holiday. The Second Bethlehem Baptist Association, the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission and the Marion County National Pan-Hellenic Council were all involved in the food drive where about 55 motorists drove in a caravan from the Second Bethlehem Baptist Theological Seminary to Interfaith Emergency Services food warehouse to deliver the donated food. Eric Cummings, a Marion County School Board member, who was one of the organizers of the food drive, said that instead of a parade, about 10,000 pounds of food and supples were donated to Interfaith on MLK Day. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2021.