RELEASE: Gottheimer Honors Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Jan 16, 2024

Above: Gottheimer packing snack packs for MLK Day of Service.

ENGLEWOOD, NJ — Today, January 15, 2024, U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Pastor Dr. Lester Taylor, civil rights activist Theodora Lacey, and community members by helping pack more than 2,000 weekend snack packs for children in need with the Community Baptist Church of Englewood. 

The event was organized by the Center for Food Action (CFA), a North Jersey nonprofit that operates in more than 100 towns. In 2022, the CFA served more than 175,000 people. 

The weekend snack packs will be sent to schools in Englewood, Hackensack, Cliffside Park, Garfield, and Edgewater.

“It’s no secret that here in Bergen County — and across our entire state — we have faced incredibly trying times in recent years. From the rising tide of hate, and extremism, to assaults on our democracy and voting rights. Today, in honor of Dr. King, we the North Jersey community united to help thousands of children who are food insecure,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “As Dr. King once said, ‘our lives begin to end the day we remain silent about things that matter.’ That is why we must raise our voices and work together for justice, for opportunity, and for good.”

Gottheimer was joined by Pastor Dr. Lester Taylor, Civil Rights Activist Theodora Smiley Lacey, Assemblywoman Shama Haider, Commissioner Chairwoman Germaine Ortiz, Commissioner Tracy Zur, Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, Englewood Councilman Kevin Wilson, Englewood Councilman Charles Cobb, and Center for Food Action Executive Director Nicole Davis. 

Below: Gottheimer packing snack packs for MLK Day of Service.


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