More than 125,000 pounds of food, enough for 98,000 meals for Davidson County families, was raised for Second Harvest Food Bank by the Metro Government-wide food drive led by Mayor Karl Dean.
For the third year, Dean challenged the governor's office to a friendly “food fight,” and this year the trophy returned to the mayor.
During a news conference at Second Harvest Monday, Dean was joined by Gov. Bill Haslam and announced the amount of food raised was double the amount collected last year.
This is the fourth year Metro offices have collected food to help stock the shelves at Second Harvest in advance of the upcoming holiday season.
Cans and monetary donations were collected from November 28 to December 14.
Last year's friendly “food fight” was won by the governor's office. The competition collected more than 62,000 pounds of food, enough for nearly 49,000 meals.