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GPAC helps Fill the Mayflower for Manna

Coinciding with the Thanksgiving holiday and the aptly named Gravy Bowl Invitational, GPAC swimmers and families once again gave generously to help make the team’s canned food drive a huge success.

“This is our seventh year of hosting this food drive, and each year we donate more food,” said head age group coach Greg Johnson. “We know that there are many people in our community that depend on Manna Food Pantries, and we are proud to be able to help them.”

This year, the swimmers and parents from the PSC pool and the UWF pool combined to donate over 500 individual items of food to help stock the pantries. Coupled with the extra 125 items collected during the meet, the team filled over a dozen boxes to take to the “Fill the Mayflower” event held at Cordova Mall right before Thanksgiving. This was the biggest donation in over four years.

The coaches challenged the swimmers at each pool to collect the most food by rewarding the pool with the most items per swimmer with a team pizza party. Once again, the swimmers at the PSC pool won the contest, contributing 2.81 items per swimmer. It was a close race, as the swimmers at UWF collected over 300 individual items and came in with total of 2.74 items per swimmer.

“It is always gratifying to drive up to the food donation trucks at the mall each year and unload our team’s donations,” said Johnson. “The swimmers always get excited when they bring their donations in and ask about the contest. We sincerely thank all of families that donated items this year.”