Bradley students volunteer at food bank for MLK Day

By WEEK Producer

January 20, 2014 Updated Jan 20, 2014 at 11:43 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Martin Luther King Jr. was also a supporter of community service, a lesson some local students took to heart.

On Monday, students from Bradley University took time from their day off to volunteer at the Midwest Food Bank.

Staff members had students make tender mercies, meals made up of rice and beans that help feed hungry families across the U.S. and the world.

For the students who volunteered, it was all about carrying on Dr. King's legacy.

"I wanted to come back a little early to do some nice community service for Martin Luther King Day,” said Bradley Student Verita Richardson. “He was a great man who did a lot for his community, a lot for our country in general. So I would love to give back anyway possible."

Officials with the food bank were grateful for the extra help, saying the organization is almost completely run by volunteers.