MANTEO, N.C. (WAVY) — The North Carolina Aquarium is spreading the love by holding its annual Ton of Love food drive.

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The drive is to benefit the Roanoke Island Food Pantry and will take place from Jan. 12 to Feb. 14. Individuals who bring a grocery bag full of nonperishable food items can receive one free admission per reservation.

Items the pantry is in need of include:

  • Pancake mix
  • Heart soups
  • Corn Muffin mix
  • Saltines/ Other crackers
  • Canned Pasta
  • Gelatin dessert products
  • Pudding
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Cake mixes

Advanced registration for guests with a Ton of Love donation, N.C. Aquarium members and the general public
can be made here.

Food donations can be brought to the main entrance of the aquarium and shown to a ticket cashier to enter the aquarium for free.