The Lakewood Police Department kicks off its third Fallen Officers Food Drive on Thursday.
Gov.-elect Jay Inslee will make remarks at an 8 a.m. ceremony at the Lakewood police station, 9401 Lakewood Drive Southwest. Lakewood Mayor Doug Richardson, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and Lakewood Police Chief Bret Farrar also will speak.
Volunteers, soldiers form Joint Base Lewis-McChord and police employees will attend the ceremony and accept food or cash donations.
The drive will continue through Dec. 7 and 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 Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens, who were gunned down Nov. 29, 2009, by ex-con Maurice Clemmons as their shift began at a Parkland coffee shop.