This hockey season is gonna be about more than just beer and fighting... the Maine Mariners and Cross Insurance Arena are launching the "Community Collection Program" for the 2019-20 hockey season, which means they'll be calling on fans to bring in donations to local charities.

“Mariners games are far from just hockey,” said Adam Goldberg, Mariners Vice President of Business Operations in a press release. “Our season is 36 opportunities for friends, neighbors, colleagues and family to come together and enjoy a night out. Some of our neighbors need help and our games are a great chance to raise awareness and collect goods. We have partnered with some great organizations this season to make a positive impact on fellow Mainers.”

South Portland Food Cupboard will get the non-perishable foods donated by game attendants, starting on September 27th and 28th at the PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour. Fans who donate five or more non-perishable food items at any game will receive a ticket to a future 2019-20 weekday game. The following items are favorites of the South Portland Food Cupboard: chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, boxes of mac and cheese, jars of grape jelly, apple jelly, canned tuna fish, tomato sauce, canned pasta sauce, one-pound bags of white and brown rice, canned peaches, mixed fruit, and pears. As always, be sure to double check the expiration date on any donated items before bringing them in.

“The goal of any team is to win," said Dwayne Hopkins, Executive Director at the South Portland Food Cupboard. "Right now one in four children in Cumberland County are losing to Hunger. We thank the Mariners for being a part of the team that is ‘Feeding Neighbors in Need.’”

In order to earn Mariners weekday tickets, items must be donated at Mariners games. A collection table will be located inside the main gates at the “Promotions Port” area. In addition to Mariners games, all other events at the Cross Insurance Arena during the Mariners season will accept donations corresponding with the theme and benefactor, which will change every couple months. Stay tuned for what donations they'll be asking for come December!

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