The Carolinas ended up winning in a big way on Super Bowl Sunday. Even though they lost on the football field (no thanks to the refs), they won in a big way in the pantry – dominating a bet Denver made with Charlotte to see who could collect the most food for charity by the end of Super Bowl 50.
After the initial challenge was made for the #UnitedMethodistsKeepPounding food drive on January 24th, churches, ministries, and businesses began joining in droves. Donations ended up coming in from over 350 organizations throughout the Carolinas.
Final score: Carolina 636,891, Denver 360,664.
The bulk of the food will go directly to Loaves & Fishes food pantries.
It was an especially stinging loss for Denver, since they won a similar bet with Seattle back in the 2014 Super Bowl – Denver won that year by a margin of 103,000 cans to Seattle’s 53,000.