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VisitPittsburgh Leads 2011 MLK Food Drive

VisitPittsburgh Leads 2011 MLK Food Drive

PITTSBURGH - In recognition of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration this month, VisitPittsburgh and local hotels, businesses and organizations are participating in the 2011 MLK Hospitality Food Drive. The annual food drive, which runs through January 31, benefits the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The 2011 goal is to collect 6,000 lbs. of food to assist the thousands of families and individuals who are experiencing hardships.

"Unfortunately, the number of families in need has grown over the past year. It's important that our organization, and our hospitality partners, step up and do what we can to help our neighbors and our communities. We are encouraging everyone who is able to consider the hardships that many are facing to participate in this year's food drive," said Joe McGrath, president and CEO of VisitPittsburgh.

VisitPittsburgh is asking everyone to get involved in "The Campaign to End Hunger," a project that began in 2006 to create awareness about the problem of hunger in the Pittsburgh area. Last year, the Hospitality Food Drive contributed 5,500 pounds of food to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Donations will be collected at VisitPittsburgh's WELCOME Pittsburgh Information Center and Gift Shop in Fifth Avenue Place and at participating organizations. Individuals who bring two canned goods to the WELCOME Pittsburgh Information Center before 3 p.m. on Jan. 26 will be eligible to win a pair of tickets to the Bon Jovi Live 2011 Tour at CONSOL Energy Center, Feb. 12. And, people can enter every day!

Sponsors include Fifth Avenue Place, Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association, Coldwell Banker (which has collections in all 14 offices), Right by Nature, Pittsburgh Transportation Group, as well as VisitPittsburgh partners.

VisitPittsburgh is dedicated to generating convention, trade show and leisure travel business for the Pittsburgh region.