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Today marks last day of Orange County drive-through food drive

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Today is the last day you can drop off canned goods and non-perishable food along Orange County toll roads. The three-week drive is trying to stock the pantry of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County estimates that about 615,000 people in the county are at risk of going hungry each month.

Second Harvest provides food for about 450 charities throughout the county. Those charities say the tough economy has driven more families to food banks – about a 35 percent increase since the economy went flat.

Each year, The Toll Roads teams up with Second Harvest for a food drive. You can drop off food at toll plazas in the cash-payment lanes on the 73, 133, 241 and 261 toll roads and at The Toll Roads offices in Irvine and San Clemente.

They’re looking for peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned soup, instant rice – anything with a long shelf life. The food will go to Second Harvest of Orange County, one of the county’s main food banks.

The food drive ends today.