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Plainfield Mayor Mapp's Ninth Annual MLK Food Drive to Take Place Jan 14

PLAINFIELD, NJ - On Saturday, Jan. 14th, Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and First Lady Amelia Mapp will open their home to Plainfield residents for the Ninth Annual MLK Food Drive and Potluck Celebration to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The festivities will take place from 6:00 pm to midnight.  Be sure to bring a potluck dish to share.

Both non-perishable food items and toiletries are being collected, and will be given to the Shiloh Baptist Church Food Pantry.

If you plan to attend, you can bring your donations to the party.  Not able to make it?  You can drop donations off prior to the event, and leave them on the front porch at 535 W. Eighth Street in Plainfield.

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Plainfield and World War One

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