The inaugural Kent Turkey Challenge inspired about 50 businesses and groups to donate more than $10,000 and 1,200 pounds of food to the Kent Food Bank. The donations will help feed more than 1,000 families for Thanksgiving this year.

Torklift Central hosted the Turkey Challenge. The business recruited other Kent businesses to gather canned goods and sell paper turkeys for $10. The paper turkeys represented money used to purchase actual turkeys for the food bank. Turkey Challenge is a competition between Kent businesses to see who can raise the most money and gather the most canned goods. Kent City Council created a proclamation recognizing the kick-off of the event in October.

The top monetary donors included Torklift Central Hitch and Tow – $3,705; Kent Chamber of Commerce – $985;  Pacific Power Products – $950; CARSTAR Exhibition – $800; Curran Law Firm – $760; Pat’s Bar and Grill – $730; and Shannon & Associates – $550.

The top food collectors included Covington Living Community, Kent Education Association, Kent Chamber of Commerce, Kent Reporter and Bowen Scarff Ford Lincoln.