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Metro Food Fight 2014

For the sixth year in a row, Mayor Dean is challenging Metro government to a city-wide food drive,second harvest "Metro Food Fight", to help Middle Tennessee's Second Harvest Food Bank. Each year this drive helps with the Feeding Hope Challenge holiday food drive, feeds hungry people and is also a healthy competition between departments with the goal to win the prestigious “Mayor's Cup” for the most poundage of food collected

This year's Metro Food Fight will take place November 3 through November 21, 2014. Here are the key dates:

  • Thursday, Oct 30 & Friday, Oct 31: Departments can pick-up their donation bins from Metro Public Works Office
  • Monday, November 3: Metro Food Fight officially kicks off!
  • Friday, November 21st: Food Drop off Day/ Food Fight competition ends
  • Monday, November 24th at 10:00 am: Food Fight Award Ceremony at Second Harvest Food Bank

Three categories of competition

  1. Public Safety: Police Department versus the Fire Department. The winning department in the Public Safety category will be selected by total pounds raised divided by total number of employees. The public can also donate to bins at police precincts and fire halls.
  2. Public Participation: Parks/community centers, Nashville Farmers' Market and Metro Transit Authority. The winning department in the public participation category will be selected by total pounds collected.
  3. General Government: For this category, all departments will compete evenly - the total pounds raised will be divided by the total number of employees in each department to give an average donation per person.

Pounds can be accrued in three ways

  1. Food/ can donations dropped in Second Harvest bins.
  2. Metro Virtual Food drive: This virtual site is another easy way to participate and earn pounds for each team: every $1.00 = 5 pounds of food. To virtually donate, visit the donation page starting November 3. Add the item(s) or amount you would like to donate, click “Proceed” at the top of the screen, click “Check Out”, and complete the check-out form including selecting your department from the drop-down box. You are able to change your donation amount on this page. Feel free to share this link with friends and family to help with the competition
  3. Monetary donations: Monetary donations can be given through our virtual food drive site or by using the donation envelopes provided by Second Harvest. The same value applies: $1.00 = 5 pounds of food.

Donation Delivery Details

The Food Fight ends Friday, November 21 at 12 noon. All donations and virtual donations must be collected by this date for your department donations to be included in the Food Fight. Deliver all canned donations to Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Road, Nashville, TN 37228 by 12 noon on November 21. Volunteers will be accepting delivery from 8am-12noon. Please contact Laurel Creech if you need assistance with delivery.

Mayor's Cup Awards Ceremony

A “Mayor's Cup” will be awarded to a winning department(s) in each category on Monday, November 24, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank. We encourage department representatives and food fight coordinators to attend and cheer their departments.

Questions

If you have any food fight questions, please contact Laurel Creech, Chief Service Officer, at laurel.creech@nashville.gov or 615-862-6030.

Second Harvest Food Bank is always in need of volunteers to sort donated food, especially now and during the holiday season. For more information, please email volunteer@shfbmt.org.

The Metro Food Fight is supported by Impact Nashville, a Mayor's Office initiative to increase volunteerism across our city.