MARYVILLE, Mo. — For the third year in a row, Deluxe Corp. has won The Ministry Center’s Corporate Food Challenge.

Each year, the center organizes a food/funds collection competition for companies in Nodaway County.

Merlin Atkins, executive director with the center, said there have been more competitors in the past, but he hopes to see more companies interested next year.

Hoping to draw more interest, the center has created a traveling plaque to be placed in the winning team’s offices until the next competition.

“This is a real gift back to the community,” said The Rev. Jonathan Mitchell at last week’s plaque presentation. “We spread those dollars that you give. … Thank you so much.”

Atkins explained they can put those dollars to good use purchasing food at cost through the Second Harvest Community Food Bank in St. Joseph.

“This is three years in a row you’ve won,” he said. “You don’t know how much we appreciate it.”

Through the center’s points system, Deluxe employees collected enough dollars and pounds of food to reach 67 points, about $1,758 and 397 pounds of food.

“Deluxe is proud to be able to support this community,” said Phil Larabee, Deluxe plant manager. “I think it’s a great … community event that we can rally our employees around and they love doing it.”

Other top businesses in the challenge include Bank Midwest at 54 points, Wells Bank at 35 points and Nodaway Valley Bank at 35 points.

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