When Bluto yelled "Food Fight" in the movie Animal House, the cafeteria spontaneously erupted in sloppy fun.

When Bluto yelled “Food Fight” in the movie Animal House, the Faber College cafeteria spontaneously erupted in sloppy wasteful fun.

When I hear the words: “Food Fight” I smirk with memories of watching John Belushi in the movie Animal House. His character “Bluto” ignited an Ivy League riot in the cafeteria of Faber College. Years later, I yelled “food fight” at a business offsite and the whole room erupted into similar chaos. At the time I thought it was fun!

Last week Cathy ten Broeke, Minnesota’s Director for Ending Homelessness, reminded us at the Good Leadership Breakfast that the week before Thanksgiving is Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. It’s a time for us to show our compassion for those without shelter or certainty of their next meal.

Cathy tenBroeke reminded us of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: our chance to help at a critical time of year.

Cathy tenBroeke reminded us of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: our chance to help at a critical time of year.

Looking back on my Bluto antics, I’m both embarrassed and impressed I could incite an Animal House style food fight…a mindless waste of food just for fun. That’s why I’m spreading the news about the KARE 11 TV “Food Fight,” sponsored by one of the Good Leadership Breakfast sponsors, C.H. Robinson. It’s a good clean food fight for fun and a noble cause.

In 2013, KARE 11 news anchors challenged one another to a friendly one-day contest to collect food donations for the Second Harvest Heartland charity. With the help of the event’s co-creator C.H. Robinson, they collected more than 860,000 pounds of food. Eric Perkins and #TeamPerk collected the most food, but the community was the big winner. With your help, we could collect a million pounds this year!

C.H. Robinson employee Mike Wilken (front, center) partnered with KARE 11 news anchor Randy Shaver (bottom right) and Minnesota Timberwolves mascot Crunch to collect food donations at the 2013 Food Fight for Second Harvest Heartland.

C.H. Robinson employee Mike Wilken (front, center) partnered with KARE 11 news anchor Randy Shaver (bottom right) and Minnesota Timberwolves mascot Crunch to collect food donations at the 2013 Food Fight for Second Harvest Heartland.

Today is the 2014 KARE 11 Food Fight. Each of the four news celebrities will stake a spot in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area – with special guests to encourage you to visit and donate food. You can follow this link to find the locations, or donate online to #TeamBel, #TeamPerk, #TeamRandy, or #TeamJulie. “Each donation, large or small, allows us to take another step forward in preventing hunger, especially during the holiday season,” said Angie Freeman, vice president of human resources at C.H. Robinson. C.H. Robinson has served the food industry through the company’s logistics services and produce business brand, Robinson Fresh®. It makes good sense, because preventing hunger and providing food assistance are charitable priorities of the C.H. Robinson Foundation.

Good Leaders think creatively about how to build effective partnerships in the community.  And they know how to make the most important work, fun.

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, will you consider donating today to the KARE 11 Food Fight?