Merced High School and Club Mercedes have announced their sixth annual canned food drive.
Donations at Merced High School will be accepted in the student body office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 18.
Club Mercedes, a nonprofit service organization for adults in Merced, will accept food or cash donations from the public between Nov. 23 and Dec. 25 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each weekday.
Last year, more than 5,000 cans were donated at Merced High School.
This is the first year the high school students have partnered with students at UC Merced, who run a club called Operation Feed the Need and will also accept donations.
The groups hope to provide food baskets for 50 local families this holiday season. Baskets include about $30-50 worth of food, depending on the size of the family.
Each of the fundraising groups will meet Dec. 17-20 to package the baskets and distribute them to needy families. To help package or distribute, RSVP with Club Mercedes at (209) 383-9906.