SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Organizations around the country are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King's commitment to community service by helping people in their own communities. In Northeast Ohio, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is teaming up with Randall Park High School for their first annual "MLK Day of Giving."
EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, which hires formally incarcerated adults, and students from Randall Park High School are giving out 1,000 free hot meals from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 18 at Randall Park High School.
"We should be doing this every day, right? But this day particularly, we're really excited about giving back to others in his spirit," said EDWINS founder and CEO Brandon Chrostowski. "This year, more than any other year it becomes imperative that we do this day of service."
Chrostowski said King's dedication to service has always been a driving force at the restaurant and this year the mission hits even closer to home.
"What we're going through today, whether it be food insecurity. It's a hot meal. Whether it be all the chaos, that everything is wrong or it's polarized. This is really just a day of service that we're giving our love and our passion for and so is North Randall Park High School. It's really, truly a day that's special and we're going to treat it as such," he said.
The free meal will consist of smoked chicken, black-eyed peas, corn and cornbread. Chrostowski said the meal is a favorite of King.
No registration is needed for the meal. They will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis at Randall Park High School, located at 4836 Northfield Road in North Randall.