Free admission and food drive Jan. 19

Filed under: Pine Knoll Shores by pineknollshores on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

All visitors are admitted to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores free of charge on Jan. 19, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. As it has in the past, the Aquarium offers an opportunity to return the favor by contributing to a food drive for Martha’s Mission Cupboard.

The local food pantry helps many families through hard times all year long, and is especially in need after the busy holiday season. Cereal, peanut butter, powdered milk, canned fruits and vegetables, dried beans, rice, saltines and other staples are particularly in demand. Please check the expiration dates to assure food items can be used. Aquarium staff will collect the donations and deliver them to the food pantry. Food donations are accepted during operating hours, 9 a.m-5 p.m.

Donations are not required for admission on Jan. 19. The Aquarium is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dive presentations, live animal programs and feeding demonstrations are scheduled as usual throughout the day.