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In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the non-profit 9/11 Day is hosting an epic meal pack at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum today (Saturday, September 11). More than 1,600 local volunteers are expected to come together and help pack 500,000 non-perishable meals for New Yorkers facing food insecurity.
The event at the Intrepid is one of 10 hosted by 9/11 Day across the country today. The organization gets its name from founding the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance, a federally-recognized holiday.
“Our mission for the 20th anniversary of 9/11 is to inspire millions of Americans and others to rekindle the remarkable spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and to perform good deeds and other acts of service in tribute to those killed and injured, rescue and recovery personnel, and those who bravely rose in service in response to the attacks. It’s our way of keeping the promise to ‘Never Forget’,” said organizers.
Volunteers 12 years of age and up will participate in a 2-hour shift at the museum. The event is co-organized with the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism, New York Cares, and City Harvest, who will distribute the meals.
“The lasting legacy of public service is one of the most appropriate ways we can honor the heroes and the victims. We are proud to not only host this important service project but to have the opportunity for our employees to participate,” said Brian Walker from Intrepid Museum.