Thursday February 06, 2014
In celebration of Martin Luther King Day this year, the preschool, elementary, and afterschool students of the Schoolhouse Learning Center were busy making bread for Music and a Meal—a free community lunch held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the COTS Day Center at the First United Methodist Church in Burlington. Led by Americorps VISTA members serving at the Schoolhouse Learning Center and at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, the students spent two days learning about homelessness and baking 28 loaves of bread for the event.
The event featured homemade soups and bread and used the day as an opportunity to honor and celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by feeding the hungry in our community, and spreading the word about this past week’s Point In Time (PIT) count. The PIT count is a yearly effort to determine how many people are currently without a home in Vermont. The count allows local communities and state policy makers to understand current problems of homelessness, target limited funding to appropriate housing and services and track progress from years prior.
The event was a collaborative effort by many community organizations. Volunteers from across the community came together to make and serve the soups, bread, and dessert.