Food Drive

Friday, January 15, 2021 — Monday, January 18, 2021

To honor the memory of Martin Luther King Jr. and in the spirit of service, Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The Zoo will be holding a food drive for the Community Food Bank Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Donations will be accepted at the Zoo’s front gate, and guests can receive $1 off a carousel ride as a thank you for participating when they drop off their donations at the Zoo’s Cox Wildlife Carousel.

The most needed food items for the Food Bank include canned protein (chicken, tuna, meats, beans), canned fruits and vegetables, pasta and sauce, peanut butter, and cereal.

The Community Food Bank helps feed more than 190,000 people who are facing food insecurity each year in southern Arizona. “As the pandemic has continued to impact so many people in our area we are proud to assist the Food Bank in their mission for a healthier, hunger-free community,” said Reid Park Zoo President & CEO Nancy Kluge. “We felt that the food drive was a great way to honor the message and call to service of Martin Luther King Jr.”

Community service, accessibility, and inclusion are strong core values at Reid Park Zoo. In addition to community partnerships and outreach such as the MLK food drive, the Zoo provides a number of free or discount admission programs including free field trips for schools, discount admission for EBT cardholders, and discount memberships to local nonprofits serving children, families and people with special needs. The Zoo also participates in the Pima County Library’s Culture Pass, a program where families can check out a free admission pass for two people.

As part of COVID-19 health precautions, tickets to the Zoo must be reserved online and in advance. Read more about our pandemic safety precautions here.