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May 5, 2011

Food Drive Challenge Brings out Chandler, Gilbert Spirit

The challenge: Chandler vs. Gilbert. The winner: Our families.
Gilbert and Chandler are teaming up for a challenge of a giving nature – seeking to collect the largest quantity of donations for local food banks. The goal is to collect the greatest weight of food donations, in a fun contest that pits both residents and employees of the communities in a fun contest that supports our neighbors who need us most.

The good cause will also build up community spirit between the two communities, which have worked closely on important projects including the Santan Vista Water Treatment Plant. The community that wins gets to see the opposing City or Town Council in their community wear their shirts through an entire televised public meeting.

“I know we're going to see a lot of city and community pride on display in Chandler as these food donation boxes fill up,” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “It's a great way for the whole community to be involved, and we're looking forward to seeing the Gilbert Town Council wearing City of Chandler shirts!"

Gilbert Mayor John Lewis promised to be among the first to include donations to the food drive in his next family grocery trip.

“This is a chance for Gilbert to show why we are considered one of the best places to live in the country – it is our giving nature,” Lewis said. “We can’t wait, for instance, to give Chandler the chance to wear our Town of Gilbert shirts!”

Ultimately, everyone will come out winners, Lewis added, “as our local families enjoy wholesome food on their tables.”

A Weighty Challenge
The competition will be won by the greatest weight of donations. Every can counts in a competition with the goal of building community spirit, and helping out our neighbors. Gilbert donations will support United Food Bank, an organization that distributes wholesome foods to local food banks throughout our communities.

The need
The drive is a great opportunity to donate nutritious, nonperishable foods to local food banks. Good suggestions include canned vegetables, fruit and meat, soups, granola or nutrition bars, juice boxes, oatmeal, chile con carne, beef stew, kidney beans, refried beans, pinto beans, black-eyed peas, peanut butter, prunes and nuts.

Chandler drop-off locations
Chandler residents can drop off at any City of Chandler facility including fire stations, libraries and City Hall. Dilly’s Deli or Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta, and more locations are expected. Visit www.chandleraz.gov/fooddrive for a complete list and regular updates.

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