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Friendly Competition Kicks Off Annual Month-long Food Drive

Post Date:04/28/2015 1:46 PM

gilbert-feeding-familiesGilbert, Ariz.- Government leaders are showcasing hidden talents in the name of charity.  The Gilbert Feeding Families Community Food Drive Bag-off Competition between local, regional and state leaders hosted by Albertsons, marked the beginning of the annual food drive running throughout the month of May.

Participants included Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney, Director of Outreach for U.S. Representative Matt Salmon, Jon McHatton, United Food Bank’s CEO Ginny Hildebrand and Board President John Sel, and this year’s winner, Arizona State Representative Warren Petersen.

This year, the goal is to collect 76,200 meals, representing 1,000 pounds per Gilbert’s 76.2 square miles. Donation bins can be found in municipal buildings and participating businesses.

United Food Bank President and CEO Ginny Hildebrand says the summer months are particularly challenging for the food bank.

“Having this food drive at this time really helps bolster the shelves of the food pantries in Gilbert,” she said.

All of the food donated will go directly to feeding the Gilbert community.  The United Food Bank works with seven different Gilbert organizations to distribute more than 163,000 meals annually to support their programs.

Residents are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items in any donation bin throughout Gilbert, and monetary donations will be accepted at


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