Food drive weigh-in: City of Gilbert collects more than 100k pounds of food

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GILBERT, Ariz. -- Thursday morning marked the final weigh-in for a major food drive in the City of Gilbert. And the results not only met but exceeded all expectations!

The goal was to collect 72,600 meals (1,000 meals per square mile in Gilbert) for the United Food Bank during the month of June 2014.

"We collected over 100,000 pounds of food, which is 100 times more than the food we collected when we started this four years ago in Gilbert," says Bill Warren from the United Food Bank.

The final weigh-in was scheduled for Thursday morning at the Gilbert Town Hall, but there was so much food collected, they couldn't even bring it all to the ceremony!

All month, the city has been collecting food to donate. And the community has really stepped up to help. Different businesses in Gilbert also pitched in to collect food. Even some preschools in the area competed to see which one could collect the most food.

The summer is a crucial time for food drives like this. "During the summer, they really need it," says Warren. "The schools are not open, so we have to find a way to get food into bellies of kids who are hungry."

Mayor John Lewis told 3TV the final total. "114,586 meals," he says. "Surpassed our goals by a tremendous amount and we are very pleased and excited."