Food Fight! – What happens when there’s a food donation competition

What happens when businesses decide to hold a competition to see who can donate the most food? Well, The Gathering Place becomes the judge, and off we go!

Each year, CCIG and Heggem-Lundquist work together to contribute non-perishable food goods and other items to an organization every year. There is a little friendly competition involved, of course, but the goal is the same, to help people in need.

For 2019, they decided to help The Gathering Place. They reached out to out Volunteer Programs Specialist, Leah Weisgal, who had a few helpful tips.

Leah clarified that there are certain items that TGP needs more than others. Our members’ top requests include:

  • Canned soup
  • Tuna or chicken pouches
  • Meal maker kits
  • Granola
  • Protein/granola bars
  • Jerky
  • Oatmeal
  • Ramen, Cup O’ Noodles, and mac n’ cheese
  • Canned fruits and vegetables

Many members do not have regular access to a stove top or oven. Keep in mind that food that can be eaten on the go or prepared in the microwave is best. We also ask that food is unopened and not expired. This helps to maintain the health and dignity of members at TGP


With those parameters and suggestions in mind, the race was on!

A few weeks later, TGP employees were pulled away from their desk to help unload a massive food donation. First, we unloaded each of the trucks and created piles on the sidewalk. (How else were we supposed to judge who won?) Then, carts, boxes, and bags were all brought out, and an assembly line was formed. We packed the cupboard full of wonderful food goods for our members!

And… drumroll… both companies did fabulously! Judge for yourselves, but we think they’re both winners.

Without donations, TGP has to purchase food for the members to take with them. We often can’t afford name brands or the snacks that the members truly enjoy, and every penny counts. Everyone TGP appreciates donations like this more than most can imagine, and for that, we thank CCIG and Heggem-Lundquist greatly.

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