Metallica is thanking fans around the U.S. for participating in its Day of Service this week.
The band has been encouraging fans to get involved in local charities since launching its All Within My Hands foundation last year. On Wednesday, May 23, Metallica invited fans across the U.S. to volunteer at local food banks that the band donated to over the course of last summer's North American tour.
Drummer Lars Ulrich presented a $5,000 check to the SF-Marin Food Bank in addition to spending part of the day sorting fruit.
"Our primary thing for the last year has been, all over where Metallica goes, to support local food banks," Ulrich told local TV station KGO-TV. "We write check in every city. We just played a 39-day European tour where we wrote check to the local food banks."
Frontman James Hetfield spent his Day of Giving at the Vail Valley Salvation Army near his home in Colorado, putting together food boxes and helping to install a new pumpkin patch.
"Thanks to you, over 1,800 'Tallica fans across the country have given their time to assist the hard working folks who serve our communities each day," said guitarist Kirk Hammett in a thank you posted to the band's social media.
"When we announced the formation of All Within My Hands, one of our goals was to encourage participation for fans and friends to facilitate volunteerism among the Metallica family, and you made it happen," Hetfield added.
The band also asked fans to visit FeedingAmerica.org to find food banks in their area that need help.
Metallica has a few months off before it kicks off its next tour. A 34-date trek begins September 2 in Madison, Wisconsin. From there, the band will mosey through the South and Midwest through March 13, 2019.
Get more info and tour dates here.
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