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Six Flags trades tickets for food

11th Annual Bag-A-Ticket food drive brings in bags of food for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Posted: November 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Cartoon character Wile E. Coyote, left, welcomes Pablo Manguy of Valencia as he drops off bags of food for the L.A. Regional Food Bank at the entrance to Six Flags Magic Mountain in return for free tickets for a day at the park on Wednesday morning. Photo by Dan Watson.

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Before lining up for rides, many lined up with boxes and bags of donations Wednesday for the 11th Annual Bag-A-Ticket holiday food drive at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

“We’ve been taking donations for an hour and half and we’ve got half a truck filled,” said drive coordinator Melissa Taylor, manning a donation drop-off kiosk near the amusement park’s entrance on Wednesday.

“Our goal is fill this truck,” she said, pointing to the big rig parked behind the kiosk.

Throughout the day Wednesday, employees at Six Flags Magic Mountain collected food for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank as they’ve done every year for more than a decade around Thanksgiving.

Park visitors who showed up Wednesday between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. with a bag full of non-perishable food items were given a free park admission ticket for that day.

All food donated as part of the Bag-A-Ticket food drive was expected to be given to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

The Bag-A-Ticket food drive continues to be one of the largest single-day food collection efforts for the Food Bank, according to event organizers.

Included on the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s “Most Wanted” list were canned goods such as beef stew, ravioli, cannelloni, spaghetti, tuna, peanut butter, yams, chicken, beef, fruits, vegetables, soup and baby food.

Packaged food donations such as hot cereal, mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, powdered eggs, complete meals, pancake mixes, baby cereal and rice were also collected.
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