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Saturday, January 14, 2012

MLK Potluck, Food Drive and Obama photo opp tonight


Plainfielders of all political stripes and none are invited to the 4th Annual Community MLK Potluck Party and Food Drive tonight at 7:00 PM at the home of Council President Adrian Mapp and his wife Amelia, 535 West 8th Street. The event will also mark the launch of grassroots activity in support of President Obama's re-election effort.


Attendees are invited to show their Obama support by wearing Obama tees, pine and such (Tees will be available, as will special photo opportunities with the President.

For the fourth year, Plainfield's New Democrats club will host the Potluck and Food Drive as both a celebration of the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the community's week of programs in honor of Dr. King, and an opportunity for collecting canned goods and nonperishable food for local feeding programs. This year's donations will be given to the food pantry of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Local soup kitchens and food pantries have been particularly stressed over the past three years, and with unemployment and underemployment still high, they continue to try and meet the needs of the hungry in the community. "We are inviting everyone to join the war on hunger in America that Dr. King addressed nearly fifty years ago," says Adrian Mapp, chair of the New Democrats political club.

As King said in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, "Today, therefore, the question on the agenda must read: Why should there be hunger and privation in any land, in any city, at any table when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the basic necessities of life?"

Contributions of nonperishable items such as canned goods of all kinds, pastas, cereals,  rice or dried beans may be dropped off in advance at any time from today up to the party on the Mapps' front porch at 535 West 8th Street, or brought along the night of the party.

Those planning to attend the Potluck are asked to bring a dish, dessert or beverage to share.

This opportunity to mix and mingle with new friends and old with food, fun and live music, has become one of Plainfield's must-attend winter events.


-- Dan Damon [follow]

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