I’m always thankful when I find businesses that help contribute to the local food banks. The closer we get to Thanksgiving, more and more people become aware of the huge need to fill the shelves for the less fortunate. Recently I was made aware of two local attractions that are collecting nonperishable food items in exchange for discounted tickets. As I become aware of more Central Florida attractions helping out, I’ll add them to this article.

Fantasy of Flight, an attraction off I-4 in Polk County is discounting tickets by $5 from October 1st to November 10th. Admission is generally $28.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 6-12. Every person in your group must bring a food item to qualify for the discount. Upon arrival, bring the food to the attractions’ admissions counter. The rice, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables collected will benefit The Mission of Winter Haven.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Odditorium attraction on International Drive will also be collecting nonperishable food items. This does not start, however, until November 6 and only lasts five days; until November 10th. You must bring 5 food items and when you do, your ticket into the “odditorium” will only cost $5. The regular price for adults is $19.99 (online $16.99) and children ages 4 – 12 is $11.99 (online $9.99). The deal is – five days, five items, five dollars. They call it the “Gimme Five” campaign. Suggested food items include pasta, tomato sauce, juice, soup, beans, tuna, cereal, canned fruits and veggies and baby food. It will all be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

If you know of any other Orlando area attractions helping out the food banks, please leave a comment to this post. I would be most happy to add it into the list. Enjoy the attractions. Rejoice that you have food. All while helping those who struggle to put food on their tables.