When Columbia and Richmond counties dueled last weekend in the fight against hunger, there were no losers.
More than 5,000 pounds of food were collected by both counties in the Food 2 Fight Hunger drive on Saturday, Columbia County Emergency and Operations Director Pam Tucker said in an e-mail.
The Salvation Army, of Richmond County, was declared the winner of the “food fight,” having picked up 2,600 pounds of food for their local programs and the Masters Table Soup Kitchen in downtown Augusta.
The Evans Lions Club raised 2,515 pounds, just 85 pounds shy of The Salvation Army’s total donations, for Columbia County Cares food pantry in Appling and the New Hope/First Baptist Church Bridge Ministries.
The Salvation Army also built the tallest pyramid out of food donations.
Area residents had four hours to drop off nonperishable food items at two Kroger parking lots, one on Washington Road in Evans and one off Alexander Drive in Augusta.
Law enforcement and firefighters from both counties were on hand to help each team collect food.
Tucker said that donations are still being collected at the Evans Kroger, adding that nearly 300 additional pounds have been dropped off.