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Punk Rockers kick off annual food drive

CARLSBAD — The fifth annual Punk Rock Food Drive is ready to bump it up at 6 p.m. Dec. 1 at Boar Cross’N, 390 Grand Ave.This year, hear live performances by Heart Rot, Parade of Horribles, Caskitt, The Great Electric Quest and Generator. This is a 2-and-older event.

All proceeds from the event will benefit North County Community Services, North County’s Food Bank. In 2009 Chris Mazzola and Jason York, then members of the North County band Black Seven, expanded their focus to include a simple, musical way to help other people. After the band split in 2011, Chris and Jason continued on with Punk Rock Food Drive and later expanded their work in the community with the creation of Notes for Needs.

Admission is free with the donation of two canned or non-perishable food items but there is no limit to how much you can bring. There will be prizes and giveaways from a host of North County businesses.

Since 2009, the event has raised more than 25,000 meals for San Diego County residents.

“Times are tough and people are hungry,” Mazzola said. “Last year’s event raised more than 12,000 meals for the North County Food Bank. As always, we’re hoping to surpass that this year. We’re always grateful for the overwhelming support we receive. We meet so many people who love what we’re doing and show their appreciation by supporting the event and giving what they can to other people who need their help. That’s what Punk Rock Food Drive is all about.”

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