The Governor’s Bowl Challenge in Virginia, involving a friendly food drive competition among state government offices and businesses that are members of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, began on Memorial Day and will run through Independence Day. The agency or business that raises the most food will be awarded the “Governor’s Bowl.” There will be separate competitions for small, medium, and large businesses, and government agencies.
According to “Map the Meal Gap,” a recent study released by Feeding America, over a million residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia – 12.4 percent of the state population – are food insecure. Since 2006, this number has increased by 50 percent. The timing for the bowl challenge is very important. With summer upon us, children are going to need more help than ever. They will no longer have access to discounted or free school lunches. People who are out of work, disabled, or elderly also need access to decent meals. These numbers keep increasing every year, while food bank donations continue a downward trend. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks are stepping in with a program that will make a difference for these people in need.
The Governor’s Bowl Challenge is an important way to address hunger issues facing Virginians. Participating organizations are encouraged to be creative as they plan their competitive events. Have a zany, office party. See which department can make the largest can food pyramid. What wacky event can you come up with?
This is the first Governor’s Bowl and will be the start of an annual event destined to make a difference in the lives of those who face food insecurity problems every day.
If you are chomping at the bit to make a contribution, then we can certainly help you out. For those competing, do tell what you think will make you a Governor’s Bowl Champion.