Kiwanis Clubs seeking canned food donations on Saturday, April 25th at Grossmont Center

The Fletcher Hills Kiwanis Club is organizing a canned food drive on Saturday, April 25 at the Grossmont Center mall in La Mesa to celebrate this year’s 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International.

Local residents are encouraged to visit the mall at 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa and donate canned food item from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former The Highlander store near the movie theaters. The canned food will be donated to local schools to stock their pantries. Needy local students and their families will be recipients of food items donated at the Kiwanis event, said Bruce Chase, 2015 president, Fletcher Hills Kiwanis.

Also participating in the canned food drive are the 13 other Kiwanis Clubs who meet in San Diego’s East County region. Also at the event will be exhibits of art sculptures made from canned food items. For more event information, visit or phone (619) 994-4663 or (619) 200-7676.

The Highlander, an apparel store and one of the mall’s first tenants, closed in early 2014 after operating for about 50 years.