Gilbert kicks off food drive with a friendly competition

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GILBERT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Some Valley politicians, dignitaries and community leaders got into the competitive spirit Tuesday morning as they faced off for a food drive.

3TV was there at a Gilbert Albertsons, as The Gilbert Feeding Families kick-off event got underway with a friendly bag-off competition among town, county, state and federal leaders.

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Arizona State Representative Warren Petersen, Maricopa County Supervisor Denny Barney, Director of Outreach for U.S. Representative Matt Salmon, Jon McHatton, and United Food Bank's CEO Ginny Hildebrand and Board President John Seli were all scheduled to take part in the competition.

This year's Gilbert Feeding Families community food drive has the goal of feeding all 72.6 square miles of the town by collecting 72,600 meals during the month of May.

Tuesday's bag-off event consisted of teams of two people (elected official and another person of choice) and each team had 60 seconds to bag as many groceries as possible. One team member was the bagger, and the other had to place the bagged groceries in a nearby grocery cart.

After the 60-second time limit was up, the bags were weighed to determine the Gilbert Feeding Families Bag-Off Champion. 

Donation boxes will be distributed throughout the Town of Gilbert at municipal buildings, fire stations, Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses.

Suggested Items:

Peanut Butter
Canned Meat
Canned Fruits and Vegetables
Cereal - Whole grain, low sugar
Soups, Stews, Chili,
Beans
Milk - Canned/Dried
Rice & Pasta

For information visit: www.gilbertaz.gov/feedingfamilies

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