Vail Valley food drive brings in 7,240 items |

Vail Valley food drive brings in 7,240 items

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Kristin Anderson/Vail DailyHomestead resident Cindy Allard donates non-perishable food items for the Vail Valley Food Drive Challenge on Friday at The Village Market in Edwards.

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado “-The towns of Eagle and Vail, Colorado tied in Friday’s countywide food drive, with each collecting about 2,000 items for local food pantries that have seen a substantial increase in need.

Overall, residents donated 7,240 items and $750 at several locations throughout the county. Elected officials from Eagle County, Avon, Eagle, Gypsum, Red Cliff and Vail competed in a friendly competition.

All donations were delivered to the Salvation Army food bank in Edwards and the Methodist Church in Eagle. Donations are accepted year round; visit for more information.

Here are the results:

– Eagle, City Market in Eagle: 1,958 items and $396

– Vail, City Market in Vail: 2,272 items and $182

– Eagle County, Village Market in Edwards: 1,354 items and $163

– Avon, City Market in Avon: 858 items and $12

– Gypsum, Columbine Market: 450 items

– Red Cliff, Wal-Mart in Avon: 357 items

“If we had weighted the results by population, Red Cliff would have won hands down,” said Kris Friel, communications director for Eagle County. “Every entity deserves a round of applause for their outstanding efforts.”

To boost donations, several of the entities offered incentives. Those who donated 12 or more items at the City Market in Eagle were entered into a drawing for gift certificates provided by local businesses.

Eagle County offered matching donations at Village Market in Edwards. Avon gave away recyclable grocery bags and will continue the food drive throughout the month of June.

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