Departments across the lines of all municipal government have collected about 2,000 food items for the needy.
It's all part of a friendly competition to be benefit The Hockanum Valley Community Council's food pantry via FoodShare.
It's called "Mayor Apel's Challenge." Basically, Mayor George Apel has chosen up sides to form four teams. Those teams will work together in an effort to collect the most food possible. The donations will be delivered to the third floor of Town Hall each Friday, where they will be counted and stored.
The competition will take place through the end of October.
Here are the team breakdowns:
Team 1 - Department of Public Works.
Team 2- Parks and recreation, town clerk, tax collector,
administration, assessor, engineering, planning and economic
development, social services, animal control, youth services and
registrars of voters.
Team 3 - WPCA, information technology, cemetery, Senior Center,
finance, building, fire marshal and probate.
Team 4 - Police Department.
"It is my hope that through our team spirit and our non-perishable food item collection, we can make a difference in the lives of our citizens for the upcoming holiday season," Apel said.
Apel was to host the winning team and representatives from HVCC and FoodShare on Friday, but he is still recovering from emergency surgery this week. He is doing well and working as he recovers, aides said.
The breakfast - and the announcement of the winning team - is now scheduled for Nov. 15. The mayor is paying for breakfast out of his own pocket.