Ripley's Believe It or Not!Visit Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baltimore Odditorium for just $5 Nov. 4-8 if you bring five nonperishable food items to donate.

Ripley's Believe It or Not! is holding its "Gimme Five Food Drive" campaign to combat hunger in all the cities where it has Believe It or Not! Odditoriums.

Visitors who bring a donation of five nonperishable food items are admitted for just $5. The regular adult ticket price is $17.99. All the food collected will go to the Maryland Food Bank.

"This is a win-win situation," said Jim Pattison Jr., president of Ripley Entertainment Inc. "We're able to help needy families put food on the table and also offer a great discount when families visit our Odditoriums."

Last year's Gimme Five Food Drive netted more than 15,000 donations and helped feed tens of thousands of people across the country.

According to the 2011 Census, more than 500,000 Marylanders live below the federal poverty level. To end hunger in Maryland, the Maryland Food Bank would have to distribute enough food to provide 78 million meals annually.

Suggested donations include juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, tomato sauce and baby food.

Ripley's Baltimore Odditorium is located at 301 Light St. in the Light Street Pavilion in Harborplace. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ripley's "Gimme Five" promotion may not be combined with any other offers. One discount ticket available for every 5 non-perishable food items donated.

 

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