ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – Every year on the third Monday in January, millions of Americans celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
In Elmira, the Economic Opportunity Program honors his legacy with an annual ‘Together We Dine’ community dinner.
Today, the dinner has gone virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic.
EOP staff and community volunteers served 825 meals in total to those in need through delivery and drive-through services.
In comparison to the years past, community members gathered online to hear from local students about what they know about the impact of Dr. King.
“He did a couple of marches. He did ‘I have a dream speech’ and he got equal rights for black people,” said Noah Gee, a 5th-grade student at Finn Academy.
“He said I have a dream that black and white people come together and have relationships together and black people and white people can be brothers and sisters,” said Elijah Morell, a 5th-grade student at Broadway Elementary School.
This is in observance of the “A Day On! Not A Day Off!” Martin Luther King Jr.’s day of service.
Depending on the status of Covid-19 social distancing guidelines, we will be prepared to change forward and offer several options: virtual, in-person, delivery, and curbside feeding. They are committed to continuing to address food insecurity while they continue to build community.
Currently, the EOP provides about 175 Curbside meals, breakfast(8 am-10 am), and dinner (4 pm-6 pm) Monday through Friday.