In a friendly competition, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords managed to muster more than twice as much food as Mayor Ed Honea for the Marana Community Food Bank.

Each elected official was asked to find as much food as possible for donation within a brief time frame. Giffords generated 980 pounds of food and $100 in donations for the food bank. Honea came up with 480 pounds and $125.

"These are foods and checks to our own Marana Food Bank that would not have come without the challenge," said Councilwoman Carol McGorray, who is a member of the food bank board.

"We really had a good time," Honea said.

The food bank continues its request for donations to help the needy at the holidays.

This Saturday, Dec. 19, non-perishable food items may be dropped at the Safeway Store, Silverbell and Twin Peaks, between 10 a.m. and noon.

The drive is put on by Light the Way Mission Church and the Marana Community Food Bank. Items most needed are cereal, canned vegetables, canned tomatoes and peanut butter. Light the Way Mission Church volunteers are accepting the non-perishable food donations and making sure they are delivered to the Marana Food Bank.

For information, contact Cecilia Muñoz at the Marana Community Food Bank, 682-3001.

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