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Grizzlies and ACH Food Companies, Inc. to hold Canned Food Drive

MEMPHIS, March 2, 2011-The Grizzlies and ACH Food Companies, Inc. are teaming up for the Grizzlies Canned Food Drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank when the team plays host to the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, March 4 at 7 p.m.

All nonperishable food items will be accepted at FedExForum and donated to the Mid-South Food Bank. Fans making a canned food or cash donation will receive a "buy-one-get-one" ticket voucher to the Grizzlies contest against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, March 7.

The Mid-South Food Bank serves charitable agencies that feed hungry and needy people in West Tennessee, East Arkansas and North Mississippi. As the only organization in the region to supply food to all qualified charitable organizations, the Mid-South Food Bank supplies millions of pounds of food to emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless, abused women and children, rehabilitation programs, daycares for children, elderly and disabled individuals and after-school programs.

Fans who want to come to the game and donate to the Mid-South Food Bank should come early and take advantage of what is sure to be an exciting night at FedExForum. The first 5,000 fans who arrive will receive the third in the series of player card sets, courtesy of Mercury Printing, and the first 3,000 fans will receive a Sonic Mystery Card that values between $1-$100 that can be redeemed at a participating Mid-South area Sonic.

The Food Bank is also one of the beneficiaries of the Grizzlies Kroger Cares initiative, which is set to take place throughout the season and will see a portion of sales from group and individual tickets on specified Kroger Cares games go to help Memphis charities in need.

To take part in the Grizzlies Canned Food Drive and attend the Grizzlies contest against the New Orleans Hornets on Friday, March 4, fans can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX, by visiting the FedExForum Box Office or online.