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Friday, August 29, 2014

MoCo Ripken Players Hit Home Run for Manna

Manna Food Executive Director, Jackie DeCarlo, presents the Feed the Hungry Challenge Trophy to Homer.

On Saturday July 12, nearly 80 college baseball players from across the county collected 3,940 pounds of food -- nearly two tons -- for the Manna Food Center. The Bethesda Big Train won the Fifth Annual Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League's Feed the Hungry Challenge by collecting 1,198 pounds of food. The Rockville Express collected the most at a single Giant Food Store with 999 pounds. Players from the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and the Gaithersburg Giants also contributed to the nearly two tons of food collected. In the five years of the competition, the college players have collected 21,622 pounds of food -- more than ten tons of food for Montgomery County's neighbors in need. Thanks to Manna Food Center, Giant Food, the Gazette, and Text Design for supporting this community service program of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League.
Jackie DeCarlo with the Big Train and Express before their July 12 game.
Here's the history of the Feed the Hungry Challenge over all five years (TOTAL: 21,622 pounds):

2014 - July 12
Bethesda 1,198
Silver Spring-Takoma 1,084
Rockville 999*
Gaithersburg 659
TOTAL: 3,940 pounds
* Note that Rockville was denied access to one of two stores

2013 - July 13
Rockville 1,858
Bethesda 964
Gaithersburg 890
Silver Spring-Takoma 850
TOTAL: 4,562 pounds

2012 - July 7
Silver Spring-Takoma 1,863
Rockville 1,621
Bethesda 1,356
TOTAL: 4,840 pounds

2011 - June 18
Rockville 1,660
Bethesda 1,562
Silver Spring-Takoma 1,432
TOTAL: 4,654 pounds

2010 - June 12
Rockville 1,658
Bethesda 1,166
Silver Spring-Takoma 802
TOTAL: 3,626 pounds 

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