COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Small businesses joined forces with volunteers to in the Fountain City, providing food to the hungry and homeless.
Organizers put together the event in honor of the service Dr. Martin Luther King Jr provided to the United States.
"MLK, he loved everyone," explained Austin Baker, Hashtag Lunch bag volunteer from Arnold Magnet Academy. "Said everyone was equal in their own ways. So, we've got to treat everyone equal."
"Giving back is something that Dr. King really memorialized and we want to encourage people to give back today," said organizer Katonga Wright. "But not only today -- everyday."
Dozens packed into the Wright Legal Group's office making sandwiches, packing sack lunches and writing hopeful messages on the bags to be passed out in the community.
"That includes sandwiches, fruit, cookies, chips, crackers, bottled water -- something that hopefully will be nourishment and bring some smiles to some people," Wright adds.
A national initiative that organizers have put into action right here at home to inform youth of a harsh reality.
"They think that everybody lives like them. They think that everybody has iPads and iPhones and heated homes and that's just not the reality of it," explains Mz. B Richardson, who brought the event to Columbus.
Once the lunches are packed, they are taken to areas where the less fortunate and homeless often congregate.
Volunteers walk around offering a meal to those in need, something the youth involved say they look forward to.
Spencer High School senior, Yakariel Judah tells us he looks forward to "meeting the people and just seeing their faces once we give the food to them."
Though the event is only in its first year, organizers look forward to engaging the youth and the community for this MLK service day for years to come.
Organizers tell me they hope to host one #hashtag lunch bag event per quarter. For more on how you can join the movement, head to www. studioinc.net.