Food insecurity will be the theme of this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day service in Farmington.

The public is invited to the annual remembrance at noon Monday at Henderson Memorial Baptist Church on Academy Street.

The hourlong service, sponsored by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry, uses a local justice concern as its theme each year. Area food pantry directors and information on where to obtain food will be available there.

According to a news release from the ministry, the entire service will reflect the sentiment of this particular quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

Speakers will be sharing brief introductions to several local initiatives that help to feed the hungry. Crystal McBean and Lory Zamboni will tell about Theresa’s Totes, currently providing tote bags full of groceries to nine local families each week. Chris Magri will speak on behalf of the Old South Justice & Witness Outreach Committee’s efforts to create a Summer Feeding Program for children in Farmington this summer.

The first 2015 Salt & Light Award for community partnership will be presented by the Rev. David Smith.

In remembrance of King’s struggle against racism, the congregation will sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The service will close with the traditional singing of “We Shall Overcome,” and Caitlin Zamboni, a student at Mt. Blue Middle School, will sing “Share Your Goodwill.”

The Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry is a collaboration of nine area churches that seeks to partner with the community to address the needs of neighbors through four local ministries: Care & Share Food Closet, ECU HEAT, the Warming Center and a Housing Assistance Fund.

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