The Amtgard Food Fight is a game-wide food drive supported by Amtgard chapters across the nation. The hope is to focus support from multiple groups to show just how much impact we can have when we all work together towards one goal.
Initially organized in Amtgard's New Mexico kingdom, Dragonspine, it came to encompass representatives and donations from almost every kingdom of Amtgard. Various lands throughout Amtgard held functions with the goal of raising food and money to be donated to food banks in each chapter's locale.
The Amtgard Food Fight is held in September because it falls in a bit of a dead zone for food banks. They have spent the summer supplying free lunches to children usually supported through free/reduced school meals. They are trying to recover before the holiday rush sets in. People often associate food bank drives with the holidays. Obviously, this puts them a bit behind the power curve. Any support we can do in advance helps them be better prepared for the winter months/holidays.
Feedingamerica.org is the site for the national Second Harvest program. We ask everyone to look it over for local information on different ways to maximize assistance. The website has plenty of information that will often encourage support. Every dollar raised for the Second Harvest program equates to approximately $13 in buying power through sponsorships and charitable discounts. Every dollar donated is the equivalent of about 10 pounds of food for hungry men, women and children.
How it Works
Each Amtgard Kingdom establishes a representative to act as a point of contact and work with the individual lands to get events planned and advertised. Once the Amtgard Food Fight weekend is completed, those representatives submit their results so that final metrics can be collected and announced. This lets everyone see the true impact. All donations are for food banks and pantries local to the group that collected them. You can see a list of this year's representatives here.
Each year, the winning Kingdom will receive a banner featuring their heraldry and recognizing their acheievement as the winner of Amtgard Food Fight for that year.