Community groups wage food fight for prizes
Sponsors have placed more than $10,000 on the line for those community groups who are able to raise the most holiday food donations to benefit Harvest House and two other church food banks.
The competition began in 2012 with some brainstorming led by City Councilman Matt Aiken, his brother Corey, who operates Old Pro Roofing, and City Market Owner Kurt Jaeger.
"We wanted to try and figure out a way to have fun, compete and raise food for the community," Aiken said. "There are a lot of organizations always trying to raise money. The idea was they could raise money, while at same time gather food needed in the community."
They're being joined by Pinnacle Bank, Art Brucks State Farm and Woolard's Custom Jewelers to offer prizes to those who can do the most good by raising food donations through Dec. 12.
Food raised will benefit Harvest House, along with Promises and PacMin, operated by First Baptist Church and First United Methodist Church, respectively.
Community groups may choose to adopt an organization to support, or may create their own team.
That's what two groups chose to do this year. Burleson police and First National Bank of Burleson decided to work in a coordinated effort. Police Chief Billy Cordell wanted to use the effort to benefit its newly formed foundation, and the board for the foundation includes Patsy Dumas, who is a vice president at First National Bank of Burleson.
"We'd love to collect as much as we can," Cordell said.
A donation box is available at the Burleson police station.
The police foundation was formed to assist police with organization and funding of its annual awards banquet.
"Later, it could fund training and equipment, not just for police officers but also for civilians under the police department," Cordell said. "We want the foundation to look at things that are over and beyond what a general fund budget will cover."
The foundation will be led by president Bobby Woolard and vice president Dumas.
"It's a great group people coming together to do great things," Cordell said. "If we aren't able to win the Harvest Bowl, we're hopeful to get some notoriety for the foundation to enable others to gain an understanding of what we hope to accomplish."
Some of the most needed food staples, according to an @BurlesonPolice Twitter post, are pasta, beans, rice, canned fruit and meat, peanut butter, jelly, cold cereal, macaroni and cheese and canned soup, among a number of other items.