September was Hunger Action Month and to celebrate the Second Harvest Community Food Bank hosted their third annual Food Fight food drive.
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Press Release from the Second Harvest Community Food Bank
As September comes to a close so does our corporate food drive. This year we had 31 local businesses take part in Food Fight 2011. In total they brought in 40,000 pounds of food and raised $20,000. Making for a grand total donation of 80,000 pounds; that equals nearly 66,000 meals provided to help feed hungry neighbors.
The month of September was Hunger Action Month and to correlate with that the third annual Food Fight food drive was conducted. Businesses were divided into categories based on the number of employees at their business. They competed against each other to raise the most food and funds. When businesses made a financial contribution the money was converted into pounds. The conversion rate was $1 equaled two pounds of food.
In the category of Spoon (1-25 employees) the winner is The Waldinger Corporation raising 600 pounds of food. In the category of Ladle (26-100 employees) the winner is Pepsi Beverages Company raising 2,435 pounds. In the Soup (101-200 employees) category Apple Market was the winner bringing in 39,687 pounds and in the Stock Pot category (200+ employees) American Family Insurance was the winner bringing in 26,617 pounds.
“It is inspiring when people and organizations act on the belief that hunger is unacceptable,” said David Davenport, chief executive officer, Second Harvest Community Food Bank. “Our Food Fight 2011 partners went above and beyond to make sure food is available for the over 11,000 clients served every week by Second Harvest. We cannot thank them enough.”
The winners in each category will receive the Golden Can Award at a private luncheon at the Benton Club hosted by Davenport.