Not to be confused with that star-studded film event in the south of France, the Cans Film Festival is held right here in St. Louis every year on the first Saturday in December. It's a charitable event held by Wehrenberg Theaters, The Salvation Army and UPS to stock local food pantries. Here's how it works: bring five cans of fruit, veggies, whatever, as long as it's non-perishable, to your nearest Wehrenberg Theater, and you get a free pass to any matinee showing of any currently featured film. Ten cans will get an additional free pass for a later date.
Collin and I have attended every year since it began. The first Cans Film Festival was a disorganzied mess--people stood in line for what seemed like forever, and the cans were put into barrels outside the theater. They quickly learned from experience, however, and now the process runs so smoothly, we arrived fifteen minutes before showtime and were still in our seats with minutes to spare.
Once the cans are collected and placed in boxes, they're taken to a waiting UPS truck. This truck will leave the theater filled with canned goods to be distributed to the area food banks.
Not much would get me outside my door on a bitterly cold, windy day like today, but this is more than an opportunity to see a movie for free. It's a good cause that desperately needs everyone's support. More and more families depend upon their neighborhood food pantries. People who once donated to those food banks are now their clients.
There, but for the grace of God go we. Any of us can end up in need, often without warning. Think about that. Please. And once you've done something great that will lift your spirits, I hope you enjoy the movie!