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Can-A-Thon: What you need to know

It's your chance to help folks right here in the metro Atlanta area.

ATLANTA — It's a holiday tradition going on its 37th year: Can-A-Thon takes place today! 

It's your chance to help combat food insecurity in the metro Atlanta area while giving the opportunity to meet your favorite 11Alive personalities.

Here's what you need to know about the 37th Annual Can-A-Thon.

What is Can-A-Thon?

Can-a-Thon is a canned food collection drive and partnership between Publix, 11Alive, and The Salvation Army.

When is Can-A-Thon?

Friday, December 6. 

Most collection times are from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. 

Where can I donate cans for Can-A-Thon?

There will be five drop-off locations around the metro Atlanta area: 

1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Collection Time: 5am-1pm

2860 Cumberland Mall
Atlanta,GA 30339
Collection Time: 5am-1pm

6400 Sugarloaf Parkway
Duluth, GA 30097
Collection Time: 5am-1pm

3695 Cascade Road, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Collection Time: 5am-1pm

1400 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Rome, GA 30161
Collection Time: 5am-1pm

What can I donate?

Non-perishable food items, canned goods (vegetables, soups, meats, sauces, fruits), dry goods (pasta, beans, oatmeal, grits, crackers, cereal), baby formula, and baby food. 

Where do my Can-A-Thon donations go?

They stock The Salvation Army's 13 Metro Atlanta-area food pantries and will begin going to food insecure families by the end of this year.

I can't make it on Friday but still want to help. What can I do?

Thank you so much! You can make a "virtual donation" here. Just $7 can buy dinner for a family of 3. 

Why canned goods?

Nearly 800,000 people in metro Atlanta and North Georgia are food insecure. One in four children in metro Atlanta lives in a home that's food insecure. Parents struggle to feed their families, and rely on the help of the Salvation Army's food pantry to get by.  11Alive and the Salvation Army want to help decrease those numbers and change lives in our community. 

Where can I watch?

11Alive will be broadcasting live from our Can-A-Thon stops. Watch us beginning at 4:30 a.m. through the Morning Rush and Atlanta&Company. You should also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more pictures and videos!

How can I share spread the word?

We have graphics you can share across your social platforms. Click here and thank you so much!


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Can-A-Thon Frequently Asked Questions

If you can't make it to Can-A-Thon but want to donate, here's how.