Gilbert, Ariz. - It’s not every day you see the Mayor of Gilbert bagging groceries. This year’s Gilbert Feeding Families Community Food Drive kicked off with a bag-off competition between local, regional and state leaders.
The 60-second friendly-competition, hosted by Albertsons, marked the beginning of the annual food drive running from June 1st to June 30th. In 2013, Gilbert was able to collect more than 50,000 meals for the United Food Bank. This year the goal is even higher as the community is being challenged to collect 76,200 meals, representing the town’s 76.2 square miles.
United Food Bank Board Chair Bill Warren says the summer months are particularly challenging for the food bank.
“Having drives like this in the summertime really helps,” said Warren. “We get a lot of food in the winter, but the summertime is when we really need it.”
All of the food donated will go directly to feeding the Gilbert community. The United Food Bank works with eight different Gilbert organizations to distribute more than 126,000 pounds of food annually to support their programs.
Donation drop off sites are located around town, including all of the fire stations, recreation centers, libraries, and Town Hall. To get involved, visit www.gilbertaz.gov/feedingfamilies.