The 2021 Meals of Joy Duck Derby

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The 2021 Meals of Joy Duck Derby

 Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors in need is hosting its fourth annual Duck Derby rubber duck race  Sunday, July 4, 2021.  For the safety of all our participants, the Duck Derby will take place via a streaming broadcast of the race hosted without spectators.  

Meals of Joy has set up this GoFundMe event page where Duck Derby fans can buy their ducks and watch the race virtually to see the rubber ducks ‘swim’ across the water online. The Duck Derby plans to launch 4,000 rubber ducks and the first-place winner will get $1,000 cash! 

Meals of Joy Duck Derby Ducks are on sale and all proceeds will benefit Meals of Joy to support their mission to deliver a fresh, hot meal to every senior in need.  Since the pandemic Meals of Joy has seen exponential growth and is currently serving three times more meals to seniors and over the course of the year served nearly 20,000 meals to seniors across the West Valley.  The nonprofit has also opened up a second kitchen to meet the increased demand.  Your help is needed more than ever to continue to meet the needs of our deserving seniors! 

The minimum duck purchase price is a two for $10 Duck Duo and other duck packages are available on the Duck Derby GoFundMe page.   The owner of the ticket with the first place duck will win $1,000, second place wins $750 and third place wins $500. 

Just Announced! New Prizes have been added to the Duck Derby!

A duck purchase now offers NINE chances to win cash and prizes valued at more than $5,000!  

-one of TWO one-man Pelican kayaks valued at $400-500 each! 

-one of TWO GT bikes valued at nearly $700 each! 

 Ducks are on sale and all proceeds will benefit Meals of Joy to support their mission to deliver a fresh, hot meal to every senior in need. The winner does not need to present at the event to win.

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Sunday July 4th
7:30 PM

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Founded in 2014, Meals of Joy was the second nonprofit labor-of-love for Goodyear, Arizona resident Larry Cervarich. After having successfully started a nonprofit that serves homeless teens, Larry turned his attention toward feeding more seniors in the southwest valley of Arizona.

Larry came to Arizona in the fall of 2006 after leaving Portland, Oregon where he spent most of his career in the food service industry. Larry owned restaurants, and worked with both commercial bakeries and the food truck business. During that time became a member of the local chapter of Meals on Wheels and became inspired by their mission to serve those that are most vulnerable in the community.

After moving to Arizona, Larry quickly became an active member of the community. He started his first nonprofit, Homeless Youth Connection (HYC), in 2009. HYC grew exponentially and now serves hundreds of teens across Maricopa County. The nonprofit served to connect Larry to a number of organization and businesses that support his desire to help others.

Once HYC became successful and more self-sufficient, Larry shifted his focus to his other long-term goal: developing an organization that provided nutritional meals to low-income seniors.

Meals of Joy became an official 501 c(3) in 2014 and opened the doors to serve seniors in February of 2015. The original goal was to provide meals to seniors in only a few cities, but the organization grew quickly, and Meals of Joy now provides freshly-made, ready-to-eat and tasty meals to individuals in seven cities across the West Valley.

“It’s important to me and to our Board of Directors that Meals of Joy continue to provide meals that have quantity, quality and flavor that older adults will enjoy. We will never deliver a meal frozen and I’m determined to keep our meals fresh and delicious. If we provide a fresh, hot dish to a senior who may not have otherwise had a healthy meal, it accomplishes our mission,” said Cervarich.

Meals are currently delivered by volunteers five days per week and the fee is based on the client’s income. It is the goal of Meals of Joy that no senior ever go hungry, or have to make the choice between eating and any other basic needs.

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