With the holiday season rapidly approaching its time to think of those less fortunate.

PCC and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank will be hosting the first Million Meals Marathon food drive starting Nov. 23.

Student and faculty volunteers will be collecting donations of non-perishable foods and pet food in Lot 1 for a 24-hour period.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank estimates that over 1.7 million people, 400,000 of them being children, experience hunger in Los Angeles County.

“The hungry person helped could be a fellow student, neighbor or family member,” Health Sciences Dean, Barbara Freund said. “We are all part of a community and need to have compassion and extend kindness to others.”

The goal of the food drive is to collect over 2,000 pounds of food during the 24-hour collection for the LA Regional Food Bank and enough food to stock the Humane Society Food Bank for 2-3 months.

The food drive will have musical performances and raffles from local merchants. Certificates from the Pasadena Sandwich Company, I Dig My Dog and Togo’s will be raffled to donors.

In addition to collecting food for families, the Million Meals Marathon is accepting donations of pet food for the Pasadena Humane Society Pet Food Bank.

“Realizing that the effects of hunger impact the entire family, we are also collecting donations of pet food so that families are not forced to choose between feeding themselves or their pets,” Freund said.

The first annual Million Meals Marathon will take place from Saturday Nov. 23rd at 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 24th in parking lot 1.

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