Oct. 6 to Nov. 14 marked our annual holiday food drive, the Kent Turkey Challenge which was celebrating six years of supporting the Kent Food Bank. Now that the challenge is officially over, we wanted to say thank you to all of the businesses and people within the Kent community who participated and made this Kent food drive so successful.
Below are the official results of the Sixth Annual Kent Turkey Challenge and who the leaders of the most food and monetary donations were.
Thanks to our giving and charitable community, the Sixth Annual Kent Turkey Challenge was able to raise $30,243 and over 8,650 pounds of food for the Kent Food Bank. Through our effort to fight hunger this Thanksgiving, we were able to feed thousands of families this year.
“We are very honored to facilitate the Kent Turkey Challenge and continue to be very proud of our local community and the outpouring of their generous donations that have again exceeded our goals. We blew past the goal of $25,000 and made a huge difference for local families.”
– Jack Kay, Owner of Torklift Central
A friendly competition between the businesses and organizations in Kent, WA, we like to recognize every individual contribution of each company on our Turkey Challenge page. We would like to especially thank the top five businesses in each category that donated. Through their hard work and fundraising efforts, these top businesses in each category were able to raise $21,556 and 3,684 items of food for the holiday food drive out of the $30,243 and 8,651 pounds of food.
Torklift Central also distributed all of its $2,310 to businesses chosen at random – money distributed did not effect rankings of the challenge. Listed below are the top five companies that raised the most food donations and the top five businesses that raised the most monetary donations:
TOP 5 BUSINESSES THAT COLLECTED THE MOST MONEY:
TOP 5 BUSINESSES THAT COLLECTED THE MOST FOOD:
With the Sixth Annual Kent Turkey Challenge ending on Nov. 14, it gave the Food Bank and volunteers plenty of time to distribute the donations on Nov. 21-22 to several families. All the donations from this event go directly to the Kent Food Bank. The Kent Food Bank reports that every $10 donation can feed a family of four people for four days. Due to the success of the Kent Turkey Challenge this year, the Kent Food Bank was also able to purchase additional fresh food items to pass out to families this year.
“Because of the Turkey Challenge this year, we were able to purchase fresh items to pass out in addition to turkeys and chicken. This includes real butter, fresh celery and fresh sweet potatoes.”
-Jeniece Choate, executive director of the Kent Food Bank
We appreciate all the businesses and members of the community that could make the Sixth Annual Kent Turkey Challenge the best one yet. We urge you to support these businesses by stopping by their storefronts and thanking them for their donations. We look forward to working with everyone again next year to make the Seventh Annual Kent Turkey Challenge even better than this year!
Written by Kerstin Stokes:
As a graduate from the College of Idaho with a B.A. in both History and Art, Kerstin has found her passion for writing and marketing. She enjoys looking up tasty recipes for baking and daydreaming about future travels.