PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Minutes after the doors opened at The Capitol Theatre on Saturday, a table was heaping with food destined for the Carver Center.
The theater asked Blues Traveler fans to bring nonperishable food that will help feed about 600 people monthly through ongoing programs at the nonprofit community center in Port Chester.
An earlier Capitol-Carver project collected hundreds of toys for needy children before the MIchael McDonald concert on Dec. 6. Some of those toys went to the Open Door Medical Center, also in Port Chester.
Stefanie May, marketing coordinator at The Capitol Theatre, said, "A simple meal can make a difference in the lives of those in need, and together we can provide local families with meals during the holiday season."
May said, "The Cap plans to continue holding similar charity drives that assist local programs and residents."
Alex Chavarria, community and family services director at Carver Center, said the extra food donations allow the center to spend money on other programs and purchase costlier food items like meat.
Assisting Chavarria during Saturday night's collection were volunteers Tatiana Diaz and Tara McLoughlin.
"During the holidays everyone wants to donate,'' McLoughlin said. "It's pretty simple, and you can make a big difference. People are very giving around this time of yea
McLoughlin also helped The Capitol Theatre during recent food and turkey collections for St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Before Blues Traveler took the stage, Capitol Theatre-goers were treated to a warm-up performance from The Wind and The Wave.