County ups ante in Vail Valley food drive
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL VALLEY, Colorado ” Food donations at this Friday’s Vail Valley food drive will be matched by the Eagle County Board of Commissioners. For every five items donated by an individual at Village Market in Edwards, the board will match the donation with five similar items.
The commissioners are joining elected officials from the towns of Avon, Eagle, Gypsum, Red Cliff and Vail in a “Food Drive Challenge” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday The friendly competition will pit the county and the towns against each other in an attempt to collect the most donations at their local grocery outlets.
“Demand seems to be outpacing our local resources and all of us in the county are doing what we can so that those in need might be less so,” said Commissioner Sara Fisher. “The ‘Food Drive Challenge’ is a great way to promote awareness of the issue, but if you can’t make it to the grocery store this Friday, don’t let that stop you. You can donate all year round.”
“Like Old Mother Hubbard, we went to the cupboard and the cupboard was bare,” said Commissioner Peter Runyon. “It’s unacceptable that this should be the case and we, as a community, need to pull together during these tough times to make sure no one goes hungry.”
Store assignments for the food drive are: Avon ” City Market in Avon; Eagle ” City Market in Eagle; Gypsum ” Columbine Market; Red Cliff ” Wal-Mart in Avon; Vail ” City Market in Vail; and Eagle County “Village Market in Edwards.
Items that are most needed include tuna fish, pasta and pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables, peanut butter and jelly, cereal, rice, beans, soup, granola bars, crackers and pancake mix, as well as self-care items, toilet paper and diapers. Monetary donations also will be accepted. For more information, contact Kris Friel at 970-328-8617.
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