UPDATE: Wow! We can't thank you enough for your tremendous support this year! Together we collected more than 216,000 cans (and still counting!) at our locations.

This will help put food on the table for those in need over the next year.

If you missed out, you can still text your donation by texting CANATHON to 41444, or clicking here.

THANK YOU so much for your support. Let's do it again next year!

Watch a recap below:

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ORIGINAL STORY:

It's that time of year again -- time to join 11Alive for a tradition 35 years in the making: Can-a-thon!

Food insecurity is a very big issue in the United States. In 2015, 15.8 million households were food insecure. And 6.3 million households didn't know where their next meal would come. Those numbers include 13.1 million children. A total of 42.2 million Americans live in homes without stable food security.

11Alive and the Salvation Army want you to help curb those numbers and change lives in our community.

FULL COVERAGE | All things 2017 Can-A-Thon

The 2017 Can-a-Thon is an event that will bring in thousands of canned food from people like you. Schools, non-profits, and special guests will be participating in an event that will take over the Atlanta area. Spanning over four areas (Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, and Rome), this year's Can-a-Thon is sure to be a hit. 11Alive will also be there every single step of the way with eight hours of coverage over all of our platforms: on-air, at 11Alive.com and social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)!

This is your definitive guide for everything within Can-a-Thon.

Where is it?

Fulton residents can check out Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) to donate.
Address: Capitol Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

Those in Gwinnett should head to the Infinite Energy Center (Gwinnett Arena).
Address: 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, Georgia 30097

Cobb locals should go to Cumberland Mall.
Address: 1000 Cumberland Mall, Atlanta, GA 30339

Everyone near Rome will be at The North Rome Church of God.
Address: 1929 N. Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161

►WHO'S COLLECTING THE MOST? Check here

What type of items do we need?

- Canned meats: ham, tuna corned beef

- Canned fruits: kids love these!

- Canned veggies

* Green veggies are great for pregnant women and children!

* Unsalted veggies are great for people with diabetes

- Pop-top cans:

* Easy to open for people who don't have stable housing or kitchen utensils

Other stuff: Goods/foods that won't go bad (e.g. rice, pasta, powdered milk)

What will happen at these locations?

Your favorite anchors and 11Alive personalities will go through with a morning-long newscast featuring the day's news as well as cut ins from anchors and reporters. These names include Shiba Russell, Cheryl Preheim, Ron Jones, Crash Clark, Chesley McNeil, Jennifer Bellamy, Jerry Carnes, Vinnie Politan, Samantha Mohr, Jennifer Leslie, Chris Holcomb and Jeff Hullinger.

VIDEOS:

I can't make it. What's on the TV schedule?

If you're going to be stuck at home or work, you can watch both on air and online.

5-7am - 11Alive News
7-8a 11Alive News on WATL
8a-11a live reports on 11Alive, 11Alive.com, and our Facebook Live.
11a-1p Atlanta & Co. Canathon Coverage (featuring 11Alive)

You can call in your donations at 404-885-7633, or text CANATHON to 41444.

Here's all the ways you can donate

Anything else?

Be sure to tune in and check out all of the fun! You can send us your photos by using #Canathon and #iCan on your social media accounts.

You can also use our Can-A-Thon frames on your Facebook profile pics to show your support! Click here and search for 11Alive. From there, you should see a few different designs.


PHOTOS: Can-a-Thon through the years