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Mets to team with City Harvest for Sandy food drive

NEW YORK -- In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Mets and City Harvest will hold a food drive on Nov. 14 to benefit New Yorkers in need.

Fans can drop off their donations from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET at Citi Field's Hodges VIP entrance next to the team store. Those who donate 10 or more nonperishable items will receive a voucher redeemable for one pair of tickets to a select game in April 2013. Fans dropping off food may park in Lot G on 126th Street between the Right Field Gate and Roosevelt Avenue.

Donors will also receive 15 percent off select merchandise at the team store, valid only next Wednesday. Season-ticket holders who donate will receive a 20-percent discount at the store.

Among the most-needed items are canned fruit and vegetables, plastic jars of peanut butter, packages of hot or cold cereal and packages of macaroni and cheese. The drive will not accept unlabeled, expired or dented cans, any open packages, products that need to be refrigerated or homemade products.

City Harvest, the world's first food rescue organization, is working to help meet the needs of Hurricane Sandy victims while continuing to feed hungry New Yorkers through its network of emergency food partners. In addition to daily deliveries to soup kitchens and food pantries across the five boroughs, City Harvest has been making emergency food drop-offs to Staten Island, Coney Island and Red Hook in Brooklyn, Breezy Point and Rockaway in Queens, and Manhattan.

The organization will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food this year from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers and farms.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo.
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