NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Governor Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean engaged in a food drive competition that is part of an effort to provide 10 million meals during the holiday season.
The governor and mayor both at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Nashville on Monday to announce whose office collected the most food, and the Mayor won.
Last year's friendly "food fight" was won by the governor's office. The competition collected a total of more than 62,000 pounds of food, enough for nearly 49,000 meals. This year Mayor Dean announced that the amount of food raised was double the amount collected in 2011.
"Metro employees went above and beyond this year, doubling last year's donations, and I could not be more proud of everyone who participated," Dean said. "I also can't thank Gov. Haslam and his staff enough for their contributions. Through the Metro food drive and with the help of Second Harvest, we are able to support struggling Tennesseans and bring city-wide attention to the issue of hunger. Together, we are helping a lot of families this holiday season."
This year marked the fourth year Metro offices have collected food to help stock the shelves at Second Harvest in advance of the holiday season. The event held Monday featured a display of all the food collected by the two offices between November 28 and December 14.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)