Community Food Drive Wraps Up with Major Win
The community food drive hosted by Townsquare Media has come to an end, and it wrapped up the season with a major win at its fourth and final push for donations.
The radio station crew, along with volunteers from the Community Food Bank of Grand Junction, spent last Friday collecting food and cash donations at the Albertson's on 12th Street. Four shifts of volunteers worked to cover the eight hour food drive and broadcast.
Just like the previous three on-location broadcasts/donation drives, volunteers collected non-perishable food items donated by shoppers. Those donations were shipped immediately to the Community Food Bank of Grand Junction, where they were quickly sorted and distributed to those in need in Mesa County.
Last Friday's final stop for the drive was its most successful yet. During the first two hours alone, three people donated $100 bills. Those contributions, combined with the other cash and food donations received early in the day, kickstarted what would become the single most successful day of the drive.
At the end of the day, the food bank estimated they had received over 2,500 pounds of food donations.
By midday Friday, one of the events sponsors, Carville's Automart, had already donated a second check for $1,000. Carville's had promised to match the first $1,000 in donations received, and later upped it to an additional $1,000.
The car dealer has issued a challenge to other Western Colorado businesses, asking them to match other incoming cash donations.
Thank you, Western Colorado, for what may be the most successful year yet for the Community Food Bank of Grand Junction and Townsquare Media's annual food drive.
Now for the fun part - during the four donation drive stops over the last month, people have been registering to win tickets to Country Jam and ski passes to Crested Butte. The drawings are coming up this next week, so keep an eye on your phone, and keep your ears open, because you might be getting a call.