Union members mark MLK Day by volunteering at food bank in Latham

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To observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – unions, faith communities and civil rights groups had a day of service at the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.

The Capital District Area Labor Federation is made up of 120,000 union members. This was their third annual day of service commemorating the holiday.

Members packed food throughout the morning.

“So a few years ago, we did a deep dive into poverty in the Capital Region, and we paid attention to how working people were being affected and the elderly and the poor and we said we want to help,” said Mark Emanatian, with Capital District Area Labor Federation 201.

The unions also do mass food distributions and volunteer at other local food banks.