The Second Annual Governor’s Bowl food and funds drive kicks off on Memorial Day (May 27) and runs through Independence Day (July 4), in an effort to keep Virginia’s food banks stocked during the summer months.
The competition will be organized regionally, with the “Governor’s Bowl” awarded to the Chamber that collects the most pounds of food for its local food bank.
Hunger in Virginia
Currently, more than 217,000 people – 1 in 6 children under 18 – are at risk of or are experiencing hunger in Northern Virginia alone. Your donations support the Capital Area Food Bank, which annually distributes more than 27.5 million meals every year, including nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks are joining efforts again this summer to create a friendly competition among all Virginia Chambers of Commerce, their member businesses, and state government offices.
Six local Chambers of Commerce and two state government agencies will receive a Governor’s Bowl based upon the total number of pounds donated (every dollar donated will equal four pounds). As a new addition for 2013, there will be two awards per category, one for most pounds total, and one for most pounds per capita.
Each of the eight winners will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade bowl made by a Virginia potter. And Governor McDonnell will personally call each winning location and deliver awards to the winning chamber offices!