The 2018 Connecticut Food Bank Golden Scoop Championship was a resounding success, bringing together eight businesses competing for bragging rights to the most muscle in the fight against hunger and raising nearly $50,000 dollars to support the work of the Connecticut Food Bank.
Teams competed for top honors by scooping nearly 14,500 pounds of pasta into two-pound bags that were then placed in boxes of 10 bags. The dried pasta will be distributed to people in need through the Connecticut Food Bank network of more than 650 community-based programs and services that provide food or meals to hungry people in Connecticut.
This year’s winning team, from Wells Fargo, won the crown – or scoop – by filling 106 cases with 2,120 pounds of pasta in the span of one hour.
In all, eight teams competed this year. Returning teams were Bristol-Myers Squibb, Burns and McDonnell, defending champion Stop & Shop, Webster Bank, and Wells Fargo. New competitors this year were Eversource, Henkel Corporation, and Knights of
Columbus. A fourth new competitor, Pepperidge Farm, was unable to compete on the rescheduled event date.
The one-hour scooping competition featured challenges, including a one-armed scooping interval, to keep things interesting, said Connecticut Food Bank CEO Bernie Beaudreau. “The teams were high-spirited and met every obstacle with great energy.”
When the scoops were dropped at the one-hour mark, 14,480 pounds of pasta had been scooped. Tired competitors were treated to refreshments and an awards ceremony, where the Golden Scoop was presented to Wells Fargo.
Awards were also given in the following special categories:
|Rockstar Scoopers||Henkel Corporation|
|Tortellini Tosser||Stop and Shop|
|Spirited Spaghetts||Webster Bank|
|Best in Show||Bristol-Myers Squibb|
|Squeaky Clean Team||Burns and McDonnell|
|Macaroni Mavericks||Knights of Columbus|
“When I welcomed the teams, I said everyone would be winners,” Beaudreau said. “And it’s true. We all win when we put our energy, our hearts, minds, and our dollars toward the battle against hunger.”
The Golden Scoop Championship included in-kind support from Lagunitas Brewing Company, Power Station Events, David Alan Hospitality Group, Ninety Plus Cellars, Pepsi Beverages Company, and Connecticut Distributors, Inc.
To learn more about the Golden Scoop Championship and how your business can get involved next year, contact Mia Freedenfeld, Special Events Manager, at 203-741-9758, or email her at email@example.com.