Municipalities compete in food drive

The Daily Times staff
Food drive

FARMINGTON — San Juan County and the cities of Aztec, Bloomfield and Farmington competed in the seventh annual Food Drive Challenge this year.

Employees of the municipalities donated a total of 14,449 pounds of food, according to a press release from San Juan County. With a total of 1,618 employees, that amounts to an average of about 9 pounds per person.

Aztec won the challenge — and the "Mr. Potato Head" trophy — with 81 employees collecting 1,591 pounds of food, according to the press release. This marked the city's fourth consecutive Food Drive Challenge win.

Collected food items were donated to the ECHO Food Bank. Over the last seven years, the food drive has collected more than 118,000 pounds of food for the nonprofit organization.

"There are no losers in this competition as it’s a win-win for all of us," said San Juan County CEO Kim Carpenter in the press release. "When we challenged the cities a few years ago to join us in this effort, we had no idea it would be this successful."