Updated Oct 15, 2012 - 6:45 am
HOGS unite against hunger in Anthem
It was loud, fun and for a great cause. The Valley's 4th Annual Biker's Challenge wrapped up Sunday afternoon.
Four local Harley Davidson chapters competed to raise 10,000 thousand pounds of food and 15,000 thousand dollars in cash for the St. Mary's Food Bank in Phoenix. That's nearly double what they raised last year.
Saint Mary's Spokesperson Jerry Brown says the donations will provide 140,000 meals to the hungry after a slow summer. "Donations were down about 20-30 percent, and the recent peanut butter recall with 46,000 jars of peanut butter being recalled from our warehouses really puts us more in about the 50 percent category."
Four years ago the event raised enough food to provide 20,000 meals. The second year they doubled that providing 40,000 meals and last year they brought in enough to give 80,000 people a meal.
For every dollar the food bank receives, they are able to provide seven meals to the community.
Nearly 200 bikers celebrated the fundraiser Sunday with ride and a Bar-b-que at Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson in Anthem, AZ.
Jill Ryan, Reporter