Recently Cayuga County Legislative Chair Tucker Whitman and I challenged the city of Auburn, including all elected officials, departments, community leaders and residents, to a non-perishable food collection challenge to see which entity can collect the most items for donation. Cayuga County vs. the City of Auburn. It appears that the city of Auburn has accepted the challenge!

From now until Sept. 7, both entities will be collecting non-perishable food items to be counted and donated at TomatoFest on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Auburn. TomatoFest volunteers will count the donated items and announce a winner that day. The winner will receive bragging rights for a job well done.

Everything donated will be distributed to area food pantries throughout Cayuga County following the completion of the contest.

Food items can be dropped off at the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office at 7445 County House Road in Auburn to help the “Cayuga County” team.

Donations can also be dropped at the Cayuga County Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the Cayuga County Office Building, and at any Doubledays game at Falcon Park where you can designate it for the county or city. Select Friday home games will be designated as Food Drive Fridays with general admission being free with a donated food item. Additional drop locations will be established in the near future.

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We hope that you will join us in combating hunger in our community and helping those that need it most. Let’s go, county! Good luck to everyone!

Brian Schenck


Brian Schenck is Cayuga County sheriff.

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