Zoo’s Wildlights opening kicks off with Stuff The Truck food drive
Visitors to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s Wildlights can earn free admission and help “Stuff the Truck” to feed central Ohio’s hungry during Wildlights’ opening evening, Friday, November 18 from 5-10 p.m. Everyone who donates five cans of food will enter the Zoo free and enjoy free parking, with donations benefitting Mid-Ohio Foodbank and its network of food pantries.
“We are proud to sponsor such a wonderful event,” said the Zoo’s President and CEO Dale Schmidt. “Joining forces with Kroger and Mid-Ohio Foodbank to help those in need in our community is what the holidays are all about.”
“We’re grateful to have community partners like the Zoo and Kroger come together at such a critical time of the year to help keep the shelves stocked at so many of our partner pantries,” said Mid-Ohio Foodbank President and CEO Matt Habash.
The Foodbank asks patrons to bring any non-perishable donations to the drive, including peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, soups and chili.
“There’s no better time than the holidays to help the less fortunate in our community,” said Bruce Macaulay, president of Kroger’s Columbus Division. “The winter months often bring increased demand for food and this year’s needs are likely to be especially high. We hope through the ‘Stuff the Truck’ event we can help Mid-Ohio Foodbank meet the needs of as many individuals and families as possible.”
Wildlights festivities take place Sunday through Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m. beginning Nov. 18, 2011 through Jan. 1, 2012. This year’s display will be bigger and brighter than ever before with the addition of the Global Celebrations Holiday Light Show, an animated holiday light show featuring new songs and designs and a globe in the center of Conservation Lake.