MLK Youth Essay Contest

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and legacy, the Atlanta Community Food Bank is hosting the MLK Day YOUTH Essay Contest! Contestants must be between the ages of 8-17 to enter, and all entries are due on Monday, January 12 by noon. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be invited to read their essays at a special invitation only luncheon at ACFB on January, 19 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm. 

Winners will also receive cool prizes and plenty of ACFB "Swag"! Please submit entries to

Essay Questions (Please pick one):

1. Martin Luther King once said: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'' Write an essay about the importance of helping others. How does volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank help people in your community? 

2. What is your dream for our future? Write your own “I Have a Dream” speech and explain what actions you would take to help realize that dream.

3. At one time, Dr. King was able to rally 200,000 people to peacefully march for civil rights. How would you inspire a large number of people to help you end hunger in the community? How would you inspire people to volunteer for the Atlanta Community Food Bank?