LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From November 1 – 30, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA Y) will host a Thanksgiving Food Drive at 25 of its branches with a goal of collecting 10,000 pounds of food for local families in need. To encourage social responsibility and a healthy lifestyle, the LA Y will also waive its Joining Fee, a $25 savings, for community members who donate five cans of food at an LA Y location throughout November.
"With branches that stretch across more than 100 miles of Los Angeles, we have a tremendous opportunity to positively impact our community," said Alan Hostrup, President & CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles. "This service project allows us to work together as One Y, uniting our employees, members, volunteers and neighbors in an effort to strengthen our community, one meal at a time."
The majority of donations will benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, while items received at LA Y San Fernando Valley sites will be included in North Valley Family YMCA's Thanksgiving Food Basket program. Since 2005, the North Valley Family Y has delivered more than 14,000 food baskets so children, families and seniors could enjoy a nutritious holiday meal. Collections from the Santa Clarita Family YMCA will be donated to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry and Help the Children. Grace Resource Center will be the beneficiary of donations made at Antelope Valley Family YMCA.
To learn more about YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles' Thanksgiving Food Drive and for a list of LA Y locations, visit ymcaLA.org.
ABOUT YMCA OF METROPOLITAN LOS ANGELES:
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA Y) is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening communities by supporting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Welcoming individuals of all ages, faiths and backgrounds, the Y is committed to nurturing everyone's potential in spirit, mind and body. No one is turned away due to the inability to pay. Serving Los Angeles since 1882, YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles provides more than a quarter million families each year with the tools and encouragement to learn, grow and thrive. ymcaLA.org.
SOURCE YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles