WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Wizards and Mystics have partnered with NBC4 for the Food 4 Families food drive to be held on Monday, November 21, from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to drop off non-perishable canned goods at the F street entrance of Verizon Center. Monetary donations are also welcomed. Members of the Bullets & Wizards Alumni Association will make a financial contribution to the Food 4 Families initiative.

"We are excited to once again present the Wizards and Mystics Season of Giving," stated Wizards Executive Vice President of Business Operations Greg Bibb. "We look forward to collecting food this holiday season and we encourage our partners in the business and sports communities to join us in helping those in need."

It is the fifth consecutive year that the organizations have joined forces on this initiative. To date, 25,000 families have benefited from the program. The following non-perishable items are recommended: canned vegetables (yams, carrots, green beans, corn), cranberry sauce, apple sauce, canned fruits, soups (box and can) and dry goods (stuffing, rice, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes).

"NBC4, the Washington Wizards and Mystics, along with our other Food 4 Families partners will help thousands in our community enjoy Thanksgiving. We are grateful to the Washington Wizards and Mystics for their support of the Food 4 Families campaign," said Jackie Bradford, President and General Manager, NBC4.

NBC4 is the #1 broadcast television station in Washington, D.C. (market #8) and the home of NEWS 4, the area's most-watched local news. The staff of NBC4 produces more than 50 hours of news and information programming each week. The station is a longstanding leader in community service and produces or supports more than 35 local community events each year, including the annual NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo, the largest free consumer health event in the country. NBC4 is also known for its quarterly free Community Shreds, and the annual Food 4 Families, Camp 4 Kids and Backpacks 4 Kids campaigns.

The NBA’s Washington Wizards and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics are owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. The company also owns and operates the NHL’s Washington Capitals and Verizon Center – the premier sports and entertainment venue in Washington, D.C. Monumental Sports & Entertainment also oversees the management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University's Patriot Center.