Sussex County government kicked off its yearly food drive for community food banks and will celebrate that effort during the 34th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in downtown Georgetown.

The food drive will extend throughout November and December.

The historic Sussex County Courthouse and The Circle will serve as the backdrop for an evening of traditional and Spanish carols, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. WBOC TV’s on-air personality Jimmy Hoppa will emcee this year’s event, which will feature local singing artists Kevin Short and Ed Shockley. Also joining in the performances will be the Georgetown Middle School and Mariner Middle School choirs and the El Centro Cultural group.

After festivities, free cookies and hot chocolate will be available at the Georgetown Fire Company, one block south of The Circle. The event is free to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for donation.

Food items will be collected that night, but donations can be dropped off through December, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at the County Administrative Offices building, 2 The Circle, Georgetown. Donations also can be made at the County Administrative Offices West Complex, 22215 Dupont Blvd., Georgetown; and at the Delaware Coastal Airport terminal building, 21553 Rudder Lane, Georgetown.

For more, call 855-7700.