Mets to aid in hurricane relief efforts this week

The Mets will hold a Food Drive Wednesday, November 14 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at Citi Field to benefit New Yorkers in need.

Both Dillon Gee and Bobby Parnell will assist in the food drive at Citi Field from 11:30 am – 12:15 pm, and will be at at the Volunteer Firehouse at 204-30 Rockaway Boulevard in Breezy Point from 1:30 – 3:00 pm to deliver brooms, shovels and bottled water.

Fans can drop off their food donation inside the Hodges VIP entrance next to the Mets Team Store.

Fans donating 10 items or more of nonperishable nutritious food will receive a voucher redeemable for one pair of tickets to a select Mets game in April, 2013.  Donors will also receive 15 percent off select merchandise at the Mets Team Store at Citi Field.  Season Ticket Holders who donate food can show their ID card to get 20 percent off select items.

The discount will only be honored Wednesday, November 14.

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

Fans dropping off food may park in Lot G on 126th Street between the Right Field Gate and Roosevelt Avenue.

City Harvest 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.

In addition, Johan Santana and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon will be in Coney Island tomorrow between 11:00-12:45 pm to distribute boxed lunches to residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Both Santana and Wilpon will be at Our Lady of Solace between West 17th and Mermaid Avenue from 11:00-11:30 am, and Coney Island Gospel Assembley at West 2828 Neptune Avenue between 11:45 am – 12:45 pm.