The Lakewood Police Department will kick off its third Fallen Officers Food Drive today.
Gov.-elect Jay Inslee will make remarks at an 8 a.m. ceremony at the Lakewood police station, 9401 Lakewood Drive SW. Mayor Doug Richardson, Police Chief Bret Farrar and Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist will speak as well.
Volunteers, soldiers form Joint Base Lewis-McChord and police employees will attend the ceremony and accept food or cash donations.
The drive, which continues through Dec. 7, benefits the Emergency Food Network. Donations of food or cash can be dropped off at the Lakewood Police Department, any Pierce County Library System branch, all Heritage Bank locations within Pierce County, and the Lakewood Ace Hardware, among other sites.
Donations also can be made directly to the Emergency Food Network at its website, www.efoodnet.org. People also can make a $10 donation by texting the word “Hunger” to 85944.
Last year’s drive raised nearly $35,000 in cash and 34,000 pounds of food.
The event honors police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens, who were gunned down at a Parkland coffee shop Nov. 29, 2009, by ex-con Maurice Clemmons.firstname.lastname@example.org