Volunteers put together hundreds of meals in Harlem to feed hungry on MLK Day

1010 WINS Newsroom
January 20, 2020 - 1:50 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the nation remembers his message of equality, peace and hope.

Many do that by giving to others on this national day of service.

In Harlem, hundreds of healthy and hot meals were being cooked from scratch at the at the Food Bank For New York City's community kitchen and food pantry in Harlem, 1010 WINS' Sonia Rincon reported.

The meals were being lovingly plated assembly-line style before being distrubuted to those in need in all five boroughs, Rincon reported. Hygiene kits and packages of produce are also being delivered.

Volunteers will prepare and serve 1,500 meals in Harlem and also in the Bronx.

In Brooklyn, New York's biggest tribute to Dr. King will happen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music featuring music, art and speakers.

More than 5,000 New Yorkers are expected to participate in dozens of service projects, sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal Federation.

The civil rights leader would have been 91.

Vice President Mike Pence gave a speech Sunday in remembrance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at a church service in Tennessee.

Democratic presidential contenders celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and his legacy with parishioners at a Baptist church, where Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren engaged in the handshake that didn't happen in the frosty aftermath of the last debate.

Meanwhile, a new Siena College survey out Monday shows 33 percent of New Yorkers think race relations are excellent or good. But 64 percent say they are fair or poor. That's slightly worse than a similar poll conducted last year.

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.