Meals of Joy holding second Duck Derby fundraiser

Meals of Joy’s second annual Duck Derby is Wednesday, July 3.

Meals of Joy will soon launch 4,000 rubber ducks onto Estrella’s north lake.

The nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors in need plans to hold its second annual Duck Derby rubber duck race Wednesday, July 3. The first-place winner will receive $2,000.

Ducks are on sale now for $5 each, five for $20 or 15 for $50. All proceeds will benefit Meals of Joy’s mission to deliver a fresh, hot meal to every senior in need.

In the past year, 17% of the senior population in Arizona has faced the threat of hunger, and with the aging of the baby boomer population, the number is expected to increase significantly. Currently, Meals of Joy services 80 clients, which equates to about 1,000 individual meals per month.

Guests will enjoy the festivities hosted in conjunction with the Star Spangled Eve activities hosted around the lake on July 3. Planned activities include music, food trucks and a lakeside fireworks show. The community activities start at 6 p.m., while the Duck Derby will begin at 7:30 p.m.

While first place earns $2,000, second place receives $1,000 and third place gets $500. The winner does not need to be present at the event to win.

Ducks can still be purchased the night of the event.

Tickets and information can be found on the Meals of Joy website,, or by calling 623-594-9588.