Competitive eater, Joey Chestnut still has an appetite to help the Regina Food Bank, as he is returning to the Queen City Ex this year for another celebrity mini-donut eating contest.
Community leaders can compete against each other and Chestnut, who recently won the July 4 Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Competition for the 16th time. He holds 55 world records across 55 disciplines and is set to beat last year’s record of 225 donuts.
Competitors surpassed last year’s goal of $20,000 and raised $63,540, which is equivalent to around 190,000 meals. This year the QCX is striving to hit 200,000 meals.
“The Regina Food Bank is an incredible organization in our city doing necessary work,” Tim Reid, President and CEO of REAL said.
“Community involvement and support is at the heart of everything we do at REAL and this event and our on-going partnership is very important.”
A few community leaders have already stepped up to the plate: Wayne Morsky, REAL Chair, Regina Food Bank CEO, John Bailey, Kyle Jeworski, Viterra CEO, James Mueller, Great Western Brewery Director of Sales, Ryan Urzada, Owner and CEO Atlas Hotel, and Alicia Morrow, Chief Visionary Officer of the Comeback Society.
“These donuts are going down, but, most importantly, I can’t wait to help raise awareness, donations and be a part of tackling hunger in Regina,” Urzada said.
“The Regina Food Bank truly exemplifies a local organization that cares about our community and those in it.”
John Bailey said the QCX has always been a place not only for entertainment, but to build community and fight hunger as well.
“Over the last two years, demand for our services has more than doubled. Our community champions like REAL District, and our mini donut competitors are truly feeding hope, and we are grateful.”
The donut eating contest, which is presented by Harvard Media, takes place on Friday, Aug. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the Brandt Centre. Admission to the event is included in a QCX pass for that day.
Donors and supporters can visit reginafoodbank.ca to donate in support of the competitors reaching their pledge goal.