EL CENTRO â€“ Last year the Green Machine of Border Patrol fought the Navyâ€™s Global Force for Good in the Ultimate Food Gathering Challenge as part of the Department of Agricultureâ€™s Feds Feed Families summer event.
The two agencies managed to raise almost 63,000 pounds of food for the Imperial County Food Bank. The naval base won narrowly in the total weight category, but crushed their competition in the per capita arena defeating Border Patrol 47.86 pounds per person to 24.26 pounds per person.
This year a new contender has entered the fray, the Office of Field Operations. Eager to claim the belt for themselves, this newcomer confidently claimed the two veterans would be eating popcorn and watching a show as OFO walks away victorious.
â€œI am excited to see our brothers and sisters in the other agencies partnering with us to renew this competition,â€ said Kristopher Haugh, public affairs officer for Naval Air Facility El Centro. â€œHowever, we fully intend to keep the belt.â€
â€œWe are ready for the rematch, the clock is ticking, and we are eager to compete in the fight against hunger and return the belt back to the El Centro Sector Border Patrol, its true home,â€ said Trevor Ambrosini, El Centro Sector Border Patrol public information officer.
â€œThe staff have been waiting for the opportunity to take the championship belt to the Calexico Port of Entry for a long time,â€ said John Campos, public affairs liaison for the Calexico Ports of Entry. â€œWeâ€™re going to beat both the Border Patrol and the Navy Base at their own game during this competition.â€
The real winner each year is the Imperial County Food Bank. Summer is one of the hardest times to raise food and there is an increased demand for the food bankâ€™s services.
Stay tuned for more information as this three-way battle heats up.