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Annual Punk Rock food drive returns to Carlsbad

CARLSBAD — Break out your black eyeliner and leather and do some real good.The fourth annual Thanksgiving Punk Rock Food Drive will be held Nov. 10 at the Flying Elephant Pub & Grill, 850 Tamarack Ave. All proceeds from the event will benefit North County Community Services, North County’s Food Bank.

In addition, food donations from this year’s show will be matched by Feeding America San Diego. The event will feature live performances by Heart Rot, Parade of Horribles, Some Kind of Nightmare, She’s My Cassette, London’s Falling and Hard Fall Hearts. The event runs from 4 p.m. to midnight and is an all-ages event until 10 p.m. when it becomes 21 and up only.

Admission is free with the donation of at least two canned or non‐perishable food items but please bring all you can. There will be drink specials, prizes and giveaways from American Tattoo, Armourdillo, Flashbacks, Monster Energy, Iron Fist, Blackbox, Upper Curst Pizza and more. Collection bins will also be available at select locations in Carlsbad the week of the show.

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This year’s event is presented by Notes for Needs, a non‐profit startup run by Chris Mazzola and Jason York. Notes for Needs seeks to organize benefit shows and release albums in support of other non‐profit organizations as well as individuals stricken with financial hardships due to medical, funeral or other unexpected costs.

“We’ve been hosting Punk Rock Food Drive for a while now and we’ve seen the impact that it has. Our supporters and attendees are creating meals for people who need them where there was nothing before. It’s such a simple yet powerful trade off,” York said.

Mazzola added, “I want this year to be the most successful Punk Rock Food Drive yet. I’m excited that Feeding America has agreed to match donations. That’s going to have a major impact on the success of this event. We’re also hoping for more engagement with individuals and groups who’d like to volunteer. There are so many wonderful people in this community who are eager to help and may just need to be shown what they can do. We encourage anyone who is interested in this event. Tell someone about the food drive. Contact us and find out how you can help. Your involvement means more meals raised for hungry people here in North County. What we do for others, we do for ourselves.”

For more information about Punk Rock Food Drive visit or email [email protected] or call (760) 517‐6655.