Duke in Pictures: Students Package More Than 100,000 Meals for MLK Day

unde Abu, Serges Himbaza, and Lee Barnes, senior members of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, along with other Duke community members commemorate the MLK holiday during a meal-packing event at Durham Tech. Photos by Megan Mendenhall/Duke Photography

Duke students, faculty and staff joined other community members Monday to remember the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by packaging more than 100,000 meals for the United Way of the Greater Triangle. The meals consisted of soup mixes, rice bags and bean bags to fill the shelves of pantries in the Triangle area. 

All food items will be distributed to partner agencies working to end hunger in Durham, Orange, Wake and Johnston counties. 

Above, Duke field hockey team member Sarah Furey, left, takes a selfie with her teammates during the MLK Day Meal Packaging Event. (Photos by Megan Mendenhall/Duke Photography. See Photography's Photo of a Day Instagram page.)

The event was co-sponsored by Duke Student Government, Duke’s Office of Durham & Regional Affairs and Duke’s Office for Institutional Equity.

The meal packing was one of several MLK events at Duke and in Durham over the weekend. Many of the participants also participated in a sweet potato gleaning and a rally and service at First Presbyterian Church in downtown Durham.