The 3rd Annual AEC Food Drive recently kicked off with help from Vista-based engineering firms T-Squared Professional Engineers and Axiom Commissioning Group. The event also included a special appearance from costumed members of The 501st Legion Imperial Sands Garrison, a volunteer organization of Star Wars fans who help bring awareness to good causes. Attendees enjoyed free food, free beer, an Imperial Trooper photo booth, ping pong, shuffle board, and more, for just the price of food items or monetary donations to the San Diego Food Bank (SDFB). This year’s goal for the AEC Food Drive is to deliver 5,000 meals. The food drive will take place between Nov. 2 and Nov. 20 and local companies or groups that are interested in participating should contact Wendy Starling with T-Squared by emailing The group that collects the most food will win a $250 gift card for Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas that will be delivered by a costumed member of The 501st Legion. The SDFB helps distribute food in communities throughout San Diego County. Through direct distribution and the help of nonprofit community partners, the SDFB has distributed over 18.3 million meals this year alone. To learn more visit