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Chili cook-off Aug. 11 help raise fund to feed struggling families
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The Lathrop Sunrise Rotary Club hosted a Rotary mixer last Thursday for club members from Tracy to Ripon who gathered together at the DellOsso Farms headquarters on the San Joaquin River at I-5. Rotarians from left are Steve Dresser, Jay Holmes, Les Webb, Charlie Halford, Susan Dell Osso and Lathrop club president-elect Ann Waller. - photo by GLENN KAHL

Several spaces remain for the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Chili Pot Cook-Off on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The fourth annual event will be held at MRPS Hall, 133 N. Grant Ave., Manteca.

Check-in is 3 p.m. with doors opening at 5 p.m.

Two spots are still open for the Chili Pot Cook-Off held each year to help raise money and awareness for the food insecure families in San Joaquin and Stanislaus County.

This year, 20 teams will compete for first, second and third place along with bragging rights for best chili.

A raffle, silent and live auctions are also in the plans.

Second Harvest Food Bank currently serves seven counties and over 325,000 people a year.

Included are San Joaquin County, Stanislaus County, and the Mother Lode.

Through the collaboration with over 190 non-profit agencies, Second Food Harvest was able to distribute over 12 million pounds of supplemental groceries to families and individual’s suffering from food insecurity.

The mission is to ease the pain and hunger while providing nutritional essentials – protein and fresh produce.

Among the raffle and auction items are two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. courtesy of Jet Blue (an $800 value); a framed autographed picture of Troy Aikman, donated by the Crutchfield family; An authentic Willie Brown signature donated by the Oakland Raiders; a day with the SWAT team; an I-Pad courtesy of Wal-Mart and so much more.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door (PG&E will match dollar for dollar every ticket sold).

Sponsorships and donations are still being accepted.

The event is expected to attract close to 500 people, according to organizers.

Last year, the Chili Pot Cook-Off raised over $15,000.

For more information, call the Second Harvest Food Bank at 704 Industrial Park Drive, Manteca, 209-239-2091 or log on to