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Annual chili cook-off to be hosted by Edmond Mobile Meals

EDMOND — Edmond Mobile Meals will hold its third annual chili cook-off from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 2 at the Downtown Edmond Community Center, 28 E Main Street.

The fundraiser kicks off a monthlong national celebration of “March for Meals,” to raise awareness in local communities about Meals on Wheels programs and the homebound seniors who rely on their services.

Local teams scheduled to compete for the bragging rights of having Edmond's best chili include Smokin' Okies, Flying Pig BBQ, AC Owen Construction, Innovative Health Care Systems, Homeworx, Paint your Art Out, UCO and several more. Trophies will be awarded for first, second, third and people's choice.

Admission is a $10 donation per person. Children under 10 are free. Participants can sample as much chili as they would like, plus sides, homemade desserts and soda courtesy of Pop's.

“We hope families in Edmond will join us at the chili cook-off to celebrate the beginning of March for Meals," said Cristi Twenter, executive director at Edmond Mobile Meals.

"We will have all types of chili for people to enjoy from white chili, vegetarian chili to traditional chili con carne.

"The support from the community is what enables Edmond Mobile Meals to serve over 200 meals each day to the homebound in Edmond.”

Since 2002, Meals on Wheels America has led the annual awareness campaign in an effort to fill the gap between seniors served and those still in need. The gap is widening because of increased demand and a rapidly aging population, according to a news release.

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Diana Baldwin

Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote the original stories about the... Read more ›