Library food drive to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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LEWISTON — Lewiston Public Library will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sunday Supper and Food Drive on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Callahan Hall at the library. The event includes a community potluck supper.

MLK Day marks the beginning of the service year as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. King by contributing their time, talent, voice and money to improve their communities. At the MLK Day Sunday Supper, LPL is joining HandsOn Network, AmeriCorps Alums and generationOn, enterprises of Points of Light, to assist in engaging 250,000 individuals to become involved in acts of service through thousands of service projects and dialogue in more than 50 communities across the nation.

Participants are invited to bring a dish to share and also a nonperishable food item which will be donated to the Good Shepherd Food-Bank. Attendees will share a meal, watch a short documentary and engage in a conversation to discuss how one’s time, talent, voice and resources can make a difference within the community.

Dr. King’s work and message impacted many aspects of our society and are more pertinent today than ever before. He invested a deeper meaning into the “beloved community” of America where brotherhood is a reality that does not allow poverty, hunger or homelessness to exist.

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“MLK Day is the perfect opportunity to kick-off a new service year by joining your community to offer your time, talent, voice and resources to community service,” said Michelle Nunn, CEO of Points of Light. “By spending time volunteering, we are bringing to life Dr. King’s dream for a better America.”

The Sunday Supper sponsor agencies include Lots to Gardens, Tree Street Youth, River Valley Village, Lewiston Public Schools, Lewiston Housing Authority, Maine Campus Compact, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Lewiston Public Library and Goodwill’s Multilingual Leadership Corps AmeriCorps Members. For more information, contact Megan Emery at 513-3133 or memery@lewistonmaine.gov.

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