Today, January 18th, the City of Trenton will be hosting a Food Drive and a Free Farmer’s Market from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at City Hall (319 East State Street). It’s a wonderful way to see some friends and give some time to a city-wide community service event, and it’s centered around food – always a enjoyable effort.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday in January each year to pay honor to Dr. King and to the principles for which he lived and died. “MLK Day’ also celebrates his life’s work and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States.

The Civil Rights March where he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963

The other component of the MLK holiday is “The Day of Service” which fosters his legacy by transforming the federal holiday into a national day of community service grounded in his teachings of nonviolence and social justice. The idea is to make the holiday a day where people of all ages and backgrounds come together to improve lives, bridge social barriers, and move our nation closer to the “Community” that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Around and on MLK Day, many community events throughout NJ are set up for volunteers as a day of service in his name. On Saturday, our volunteers will be serving free hot meals and offering free Farmer’s Market produce to those in need. For more information, contact Juan Sibley at (609) 815-5386.