Federal Way to host MLK food drive, community event

The city of Federal Way will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a food drive and community event.

Food will be collected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Fred Meyer, 33702 21st Ave. SW; Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 32945 Pacific Highway S.; Walmart, 1900 S. 314th St., and Walmart Supercenter, 34520 16th Ave. S.

The community event, titled “Every Vision Needs a Voice,” is presented by the city’s Diversity Commission in partnership with the Federal Way High School Black Student Union and Federal Way Public Schools.

It will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, at the Performing Arts and Event Center, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S.

Speakers include Mayor Jim Ferrell, City Councilman Jesse Johnson, Erin Jones and Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Tammy Campbell. Federal Way High School’s Latino Club, United Dance and Pacific Islanders Club members will be performing.

To volunteer for the food drive, contact Jeri-Lynn Clark, Jeri-Lynn.Clark@cityoffederalway.com.

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