Cedar City, UT – The Utah Shakespeare Festival is holding its 11th annual fall food drive from September 5 to October 18. Thanks to the generosity of the surrounding community, last year the Festival was able to donate 3667 pounds of food to the Iron County Care and Share.

Local residents can participate by donating six items of nonperishable food per individual on the day of the performance directly to the Festival and receive a half price ticket to any Tuesday through Thursday performance. This offer is also valid to Twelfth Night on Friday and Saturday on September 5, 6, 12 and 13. Food donation barrels will be located in the Randall L. Jones Theatre lobby next to the ticket window.

“When we first began our fall season many years ago, we wanted to thank our community and give something back,” said Executive Director R. Scott Philips. “We thought a food drive for the less fortunate in our community was the perfect vehicle. Over the years we have donated thousands of pounds of food to Iron County Care and Share through this important program.”

Residents of Iron, Washington, Kane, Garfield, Sevier, Piute, and Beaver counties in Utah are eligible for the discount, as well as patrons from Lincoln County, Nevada. All residents should bring proof of residency and six nonperishable food items for each discounted ticket they wish to purchase. This offer is good Tuesday through Thursday on the day of the performance only. There is a limit of four discounted tickets per resident I.D.

Tickets for the Festival’s 2014 season, which will run until October 18, are now on sale. The fall season includes Sherlock Holmes: the Final Adventure and Boeing Boeing as well as Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. For more information and tickets visit www.bard.org or call 1-800-PLAYTIX.

The Iron County Care and Share was founded in 1984 by a group of local churches of different denominations to address the issue of hunger in our community. Working with partners in the community, neighboring counties, and in the state, the Iron County Care and Share is able to help homeless and low-income individuals and families work toward self-sufficiency. The Iron County Care and Share is located at 900 North 222 West Cedar City, Utah.