The sixth annual NOVA SERVES was held January 19 in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. More than 280 faculty, staff, students and community members spent their holiday together in the spirit of service by packaging over 17,000 meals kits in support of the Stop Hunger Now organization.
Stop Hunger Now works with international partners that ship and distribute the meals in-country. The majority of Stop Hunger Now’s meals supply school lunch programs. NOVA Police also helped volunteers collect canned food and winter coats for local community members in need.
“It’s great to be part of an event where people come together to honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of service to others. This event brings together volunteers of all ages. Current students, former students and prospective students took charge and were passionate about the activity. Our youngest volunteer was 2 years old and the eldest was a young 78 years,” said Frances Villagran-Glover, Alexandria Learning and Technology Resources dean.
Since 2010, approximately 2,400 volunteers have participated in NOVA SERVES.