LOUISVILLE ZOO MEDIA RELEASE

October 23, 2012

CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd

502-238-5331
(Media Cell for press inquiries only: 502-744-5639)

kyle.shepherd@louisvilleky.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Louisville Zoo Partners with
Dare to Care with food drive and $5 discount

Help us reach 20,000 pounds 

For its fourth year, the Louisville Zoo and Dare to Care Food Bank are partnering up to gather canned food for struggling Kentuckiana families by offering a special Zoo discount November 1 through February 28. To participate, Zoo guests just need to bring in at least one canned food item per person and receive $5 off Zoo admission. The discount also applies to Adventure Ticket packages which include admission and one ticket for the 4-D Theater which is presented by Ford Motor Company.

To date, the Zoo has collected 16,000 pounds of food thanks to the generosity of its visitors. This year we hope to reach 20,000 pounds total. 

The offer is valid for regular adult or child admission and not for Santa’s Safari, other special fee-based programs, for pre-paid groups or with other discounts.

Some of Dare to Care Food Bank’s most needed items are canned meats, which includes tuna, pork and beans, hearty canned soups, chicken and dumplings, ham, beef stew, chili with meat sauce, ravioli with meat sauce, spaghetti with meatballs,  as well as canned vegetables, fruits and fruit juices. Please avoid glass containers.

The Zoo is open daily year round. Fall/winter hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (exit by 5 p.m.) continue through mid-March. The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit LouisvilleZoo.org.

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Dare to Care Food Bank is a local non-profit organization with a mission to lead our community to feed the hungry and conquer the cycle of need.  Dare to Care annually distributes more than 15 million pounds of food, including 4 million pounds of fresh produce, through its 300 partner food pantries, emergency kitchens and shelters as well as its Kids Cafe and award-winning Backpack Buddy program.  Dare to Care provided food assistance to 192,000 people in Kentuckiana in the past twelve months.

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The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) and by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA.

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