Chili feed to bring community together in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Lawrence community members are invited to join together for a comfort-food meal to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The New York Elementary Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Chili Feed is back in person this year, according to a post on East Lawrence Neighborhood Association’s Facebook page.


The menu will feature chili and veggie chili, cornbread and dessert. All families, community members and Lawrence school district staff members are invited to attend the free event, which is scheduled for the evening after MLK Day. 

“We are glad to announce that our traditional chili dinner is back in person! If this is your first time you are in for a treat! We honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through various works by our students,” according to the Facebook post.

Families with students in Montessori primary classes are asked to bring a bag of shredded cheddar cheese; grades first through third classes are asked to bring cleaned and cut celery and carrots; and fourth and fifth grade classes are asked to bring a box of crackers, according to the post.

The chili feed is scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17 in the gym of New York Elementary School, 936 New York St. in Lawrence. Admission is free, but optional donations will be accepted at the door through New York Elementary PTA’s PayPal or Venmo — @nyePTA — as well as cash or check.

The event is being sponsored by New York Elementary staff and PTA, East Lawrence Neighborhood Association, Connect Church, and Dillons on 23rd St, according to the post.

Those interested in donating desserts for the meal or volunteering to help during the event should email Lane Eisenbart at For additional questions, email

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