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June 1, 2011

Chandler Takes Bragging Rights in Food Drive Competition

CHANDLER, Ariz. — The City of Chandler takes home bragging rights and the chance to dress the Gilbert Town Council in Chandler T-Shirts as the final tally is in for a food drive competition between the communities. Together, our communities raised 9,598 pounds of food for the hungry with Chandler raising about 2,500 more pounds than Gilbert.

With the support of businesses, city employees and community members, the City of Chandler raised raise 5929 pounds of food, to Gilbert’s 3669 pounds.

“Everyone looks great in Chandler clothing and I think this could start a real fashion trend in Gilbert!” said Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny. “In all seriousness, though, I’m proud that both our communities helped donate an impressive 45,000 meals to the hungry.”

The Gilbert Town Council will be making their Chandler fashion statements at an upcoming meeting.

The real winners are the local food banks, with the donations to be distributed to the United Food Bank, Chandler Christian Center and Matthews Crossing. Food supplies are often low this time of year, while the demand is steadily increasing.

In addition, Albertsons donated $6,000 and 1,200 pounds of food to the effort.

If you missed the competition, but would still like to donate food to the hungry, visit any one of these Web sites:

Chandler Christian Center: www.chandlerfoodbank.org

Matthews Crossing: www.matthewscrossing.org

Mesa United Food Bank: www.unitedfoodbank.org