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BROUSSARD, La. (KLFY) – 10,000 rubber ducks were released to fight hunger Acadiana Duck Derby in St Julian’s Park.

Brittany Bowie, Second Harvest’s Chief Regional Operations Officer, explains how the derby works: “We are excited to host our annual Duck Derby, where anyone in the community can support us by purchasing a $5 duck.”

First you purchase your duck, then the ducks are released into the water for a “derby.” All proceeds go to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Jonas Landry, director of development at Second Harvest, describes what he wants people to take away from the derby: “That sense of community. That’s what you get when a disaster happens, when people are in need, when neighbors have to take care of each other. That’s why I’m proud to live in Acadiana, and that’s why I’m proud to be part of a good organization like Second Harvest Food Bank.”

Even Broussard Mayor Ray Bourque has his favorite moment of the day: “When the ducks ran, I mean, that was just fun, you know, watching them get dumped out of the dump truck. And the fire department did a great job of helping us by spraying water to get them across the finish line.”

20 prizes were awarded and the grand prize of $5,000 went to Cody Smith.

Bowie shares another insight that she wants to pass on to everyone: “Today, I hope that you take this with you. Any support, be it time, money, or just word of mouth about the fight against hunger, means that we all have a role to play and that everyone can support and get involved.”

The amount raised at the Acadiana Duck Derby is enough to provide over 150,000 free meals.

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