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YMCAs launch food drive to feed needy at Thanksgiving

LOS ANGELES — The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles will host a Thanksgiving food drive at 25 of its branches throughout the month of November, with the goal of collecting 10,000 pounds of food for local families in need.

Throughout the month, the Y also will waive its joining fee, a $25 savings, for members of the community who donate five cans of food at any of the 25 facilities across the county.

“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 and CEO of the 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,” he said.

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 the North Valley Family YMCA’s Thanksgiving Food Basket program.

YMCA locations include: the Westchester Family YMCA, 8015 S. Sepulveda Blvd.; Weingart East Los Angeles YMCA, 2900 Whittier Blvd., Boyle Heights; Weingart YMCA Wellness and Aquatic Center, 9900 S. Vermont Ave., South Los Angeles; Hollywood Wilshire YMCA, 1553 Schrader Blvd.; Gardena-Carson Family YMCA, 1000 W. Artesia Blvd., Gardena; Culver Palms Family YMCA, 4500 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City; Downey Family YMCA, 11531 Downey Ave.; Crenshaw Family YMCA, 3820 Santa Rosalia Drive; Montebello-Commerce YMCA, 2000 W. Beverly Blvd., Montebello; and the Southeast Rio Vista YMCA, 4801 E. 58th St., Maywood.