The UNI-Dome is set to host the upcoming “Pack The Dome: Martin Luther King Jr National Day of Service” on Monday, January 20th. This event is expected to be the single largest day of volunteering in Cedar Valley history..and you can be a part of it!

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank is partnering with John Deere, the University of Northern Iowa’s Office of Community Engagement, Service and Leadership Council, and Panther Pantry, along with the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, to host this event.

Participants are invited to help assemble food for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank’s BackPack Program. The BackPack Program aims to provide meals for the 13,680 children experiencing hunger in northeast Iowa. Last year the Northeast Iowa Food Bank distributed 150,000 BackPacks across its 16 county service area.

“With more community support and a larger venue, our goal is to assemble 40,000 BackPacks this year,” stated Barb Prather, Executive Director of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank. “That’s nearly double what we did last year, which is why we are looking for 1,200 volunteers to help us accomplish this.”

The event is open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring and donate jars of peanut butter as they sign in. For more information, or to sign up for the “Pack The Dome: Martin Luther King Jr National Day of Service” visit click here.