Guests Receive Free Wildlights Admission Nov. 16 with Food Donation
Powell, OH (Nov. 13, 2018) — The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Kroger and Mid-Ohio Foodbank are shining a light on hunger this holiday season during the annual Stuff the Truck food drive. Each Zoo guest who donates five cans of non-perishable food on Friday, Nov. 16 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. will receive one free ticket to Wildlights, as well as free Zoo parking. All the donated food will support Mid-Ohio Foodbank and its network of food pantries.
While the Wildlights festivities don’t begin until 5 p.m., guests are encouraged to arrive early. Visitors can drop off their donations at the large Mid-Ohio Foodbank trucks located in the main parking lot of the Zoo, to the northeast and northwest of the main entrance. Additional collection bins staffed by volunteers will be positioned along the spine of the parking lot.
“During this critical time of year, our hungry neighbors should not have to choose between heating bills and holiday meals,” said Matt Habash, President & CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank. “Thanks to community partners like Kroger and the Columbus Zoo, the Foodbank is able to put food on the tables of those who struggle in our community. Together, we can end hunger, one nourishing meal at a time.”
“Last year, guests donated 80,704 lbs. of non-perishable food during the Stuff the Truck event,” said Kroger Columbus division president Dan De La Rosa. “We appreciate the community’s support of our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste mission. Together, we will continue to elevate the issue of hunger in our communities.”
The Foodbank asks visitors to bring any non-perishable donations to the drive, including peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and chili. There is no limit to the number of admission tickets per family as long as each family member donates five food items, and a donation is not required for children aged 3 and under. The Zoo remains open to visitors until 10 p.m.
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium:
Home to more than 10,000 animals representing over 600 species from around the globe, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium leads and inspires by connecting people and wildlife. The Zoo complex is a recreational and education destination that includes the 22-acre Zoombezi Bay water park and 18-hole Safari Golf Club. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium also manages The Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center and safari park located in southeastern Ohio. The Zoo is a regional attraction with global impact; annually contributing more than $4 million of privately raised funds to support conservation projects worldwide. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the Columbus Zoo has earned Charity Navigator’s prestigious 4-star rating.
The Kroger Co.:
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are nearly half a million associates who serve nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.
Mid-Ohio Foodbank connects hungry neighbors with nutritious food, stabilizing families today while helping them access resources for tomorrow so they can thrive for a lifetime. The Foodbank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Ohio and the 12th largest in the country, providing enough food for 140,000 meals each and every day through an agency network of nearly 700 partner agencies across 20 central and eastern Ohio counties.