On June 30, nearly one hundred summer league college baseball players from across the country participated in the ninth annual Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League’s Feed the Hungry Challenge. 9,499 pounds of food were collected at twelve Giant Food stores across Montgomery County for the Manna Food Center.
The Gaithersburg Giants upset the perennial champion Rockville Express to win by collecting an individual team record of 3,205 pounds of food. Despite wilting heat, the league total was the highest in the history of the challenge.
“Once again the Cal Ripken League teams came together for the local community in an impressive effort. The Manna team thanks all who made the collection of nearly five tons of food possible. It is especially valuable to get this food now to restock our shelves for the summer,” said Jackie DeCarlo, Manna Executive Director.
In the nine years of the competition, the college players have collected 53,171 pounds of food — nearly 27 tons of food for Montgomery County’s neighbors in need. The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League thanks the Manna Food Center, Text Design and the following Giant Stores for supporting this community service program: