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Giant Food is now accepting entries for its sixth annual Black History Month Essay Contest, which commemorates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in Maryland; Virginia; Delaware; and Washington, D.C. schools are asked to write on "Making a difference — What can you do to help fight hunger in your community?"

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Each submission will be judged on originality, creativity and adherence to the essay topic.

Two winners will be selected from every grade level. Each winner will receive a cash award.

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Entry form and original essay must be submitted via the U.S. Postal Service and be postmarked no later than Dec. 31.

The goals of the contest are to increase knowledge and awareness of the importance of volunteerism and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to inspire youth to consider their individual roles in building character and community involvement.

Winners will be notified on or about Feb. 6.

Information on how to submit an application package at http://www.giantfood.com/our_stores/mlk/index.

Contest rules and guidelines at http://www.giantfood.com.

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