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Closures, food bank plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Closures, food bank plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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(KSL News) If you're like many Americans, you have today off work. And that means there are several closures you should be aware of.

They include:

  • all public schools and universities
  • county and state offices
  • public libraries
  • state liquor stores
  • some banks

Utah Transit Authority says its buses and trains will run according to their regular schedules.

For the first time, Utah lawmakers will not be in session today. A constitutional amendment on the 2008 ballot changed the start of the legislative session from the third Monday of January to the fourth.

The NAACP had worked for nearly a decade to change the session's start date to observe Martin Luther King Day.

Today is also called the National Day of Service, a day in which millions of people are expected to answer the call to help others in honor of Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.

More than 11,000 service projects are taking place across the country. Americans will make it "a day on, not a day off" by delivering meals, refurbishing schools, reading to children, signing up mentors, and much more.

If you are looking for a way to help on this holiday, one possibility is donating food. The Utah Food Bank plans to deliver some 300 food boxes today to Utah's low income and homebound senior citizens. If you would like to donate food, please visit the link on this page.

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