Bay Area food bank challenge

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) drives on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The Bay Area and Cleveland are not only battling each other on the basketball court, but also for food donations.

Ahead of the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers NBA Finals Game 1 matchup, the Alameda County Community Food Bank, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, and Greater Cleveland Food Bank are battling to raise funds during The Finals to help those facing hunger.

“For the past three years, Warriors and Cavaliers fans have come together during NBA Finals for one shared goal: to provide meals to families facing hunger. It’s something all our communities root for, regardless of which team wins. We hope everyone will join us in making this fourth year just as impactful,” said Suzan Bateson, who is the executive director of Alameda County Community Food Bank.

The three food banks have set a combined goal of $50,000 this year to help those in need.

“This match-up may be familiar, but we expect a great series on the hardcourt,” says Paul Ash, who is the executive director of the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. “There will certainly be a winner in this contest, but we all win when fans take time to help their neighbors in need at the same time.”

The Bay Area organizers say this is a chance to show Dubs fans are more generous than Cavs fans.

“We’re happy to see both of our teams putting it all out on the court. We know how hard the Cavs and Warriors have worked to get here and I know our Cleveland fans will step up to help us raise much-needed dollars. The Food Bank Finals are so important because when we help our neighbors in need, there are no losers,“ says Kristen Warzocha, who is the president and CEO of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.

If you want to donate, here are the links:

Warriors fans, please donate to:
• Alameda County Community Food Bank at www.accfb.org/FoodBankFinals
• San Francisco-Marin Food Bank at www.sfmfoodbank.org/FoodBankFinals

Cavaliers fans, please donate to:
• Greater Cleveland Food Bank at www.greaterclevelandfoodbank.org/FoodBankFinals

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