By:Â Cyndi Amaya
As a Mets fan myself, I was thrilled to see that the New York Mets is teaming up with Goya Foods and City Harvest for aÂ Holiday Food DriveÂ on Thursday, November 17, 2011. OnÂ Thursday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., fans can drop off their food donation at the City Harvest truck that will be parked in Lot G outside the Mets Team Store at Citi Field.
So for those interested in free tickets to a Mets game, listen up! Fans donating 10 items or more of nonperishable nutritious food will receive a voucher redeemable for one pair of tickets to a select Mets game in April 2012. Keep in mind, there are certain items that are most needed by City Harvest. These include: canned fruit and vegetables, plastic jars of peanut butter, packages of hot or cold cereal, and packages of macaroni and cheese. Items that will not be accepted are: unlabeled, expired, or dented cans; any open packaging; products that need to be refrigerated; or homemade products. If ten of your donations are acceptable, you'll receive the redeemable voucher.
In addition, fans can show their voucher at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field to receive 15% off regularly priced merchandise. Season Ticket Holders who donate food can show their voucher and ID card to get 20% off regularly priced items. The discount at the Mets Team Store however, will only be honored Thursday, November 17. Those dropping off food may park in Lot G on 126th Street between the Right Field Gate and Roosevelt Avenue.
To kick off the Mets Holiday Food Drive, Goya is donating 20,000 pounds of food. All proceeds and donations for to City Harvest Â who has been serving the less fortunate in New York for over 25 years now. Â This year, City Harvest will collect 30 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to nearly 600 community food programs throughout New York City using a fleet of trucks and bikes as well as volunteers on foot. Each week, City Harvest helps over 300,000 hungry New Yorkers find their next meal. Visit their website here for more information about City Harvest and other ways to volunteer.
So get out there all ye' Mets fans and show New York that you're not only the most die-hard devotees, but that you're also willing to give help back to those in need during this holiday season. Now if only someone could donate a couple wins to us come next season. That would definitely bring a holiday smile to us too!
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