32nd annual Foodball starts this week
Foodball kicks off this Friday, marking the 32nd year for the competition between Aberdeen and Hoquiam. In 1981, former KDUX employee Jill Bellis started the contest to stock area food banks for the holiday season.
Last year, the schools combined for a total of just under 1 million pounds of food. When broken down into food vs. money totals, the schools brought in just under 11 thousand pounds of food and over $98 thousand dollars.
In 2011, Hoquiam set a personal record and the schools had a combined total over 1 million pounds of food donated to the Coastal Harvest Food Distribution Warehouse.
In 2010, the schools were able to collect 973,000 pounds.
Hoquiam has won the last 3 years of the friendly competition, but the real winners are those in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties who rely on Coastal Harvest to help them feed their families.
Students will be out in their neighborhoods looking for donations of non-perishable food items as well as cash. Each dollar collected is converted to ten pounds of food.
Food-Ball kickoff is Friday and the final weigh-in will be held at the Grays Harbor PUD on November 12th at 5 PM.