The Mesa Chamber of Commerce wins the annual Christmas in July competition.
‘Christmas in July’ is an annual food drive competition that benefits the United Food Bank. Various Chambers of Commerce and businesses within the chamber from the East Valley compete in hopes of being crowned the chamber or business who donates most. Food banks hit their lowest supply in the warm summer months and is also when Valley families are hit hardest due to increased utility bills, and feeding children who often are part of reduced school meal programs. This year, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce won, bringing in 9,855 pounds of food and $6,574.22 in monetary donations. That equates to 42,726 meals. Overall, the competition brought in 77,176 meals for United Food Bank.