The Duck Derby rubber duck race

The Duck Derby rubber duck race will help fund Meals of Joy, which serves hot meals to Peoria and other West Valley seniors in need.

Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for Peoria and other West Valley seniors in need, is hosting its third annual Duck Derby rubber duck race  Thursday, July 2.  

In the past, the event has been hosted live, but due to social distancing guidelines, the Duck Derby will take place with a streaming broadcast of the race hosted without spectators. 

 Meals of Joy has set up a GoFundMe event page where Duck Derby fans can  buy their ducks.  

The Duck Derby plans to launch 4,000 rubber ducks and the first-place winner will get $1,000.

Ducks are on sale and all proceeds will benefit Meals of Joy to support its mission to deliver a fresh, hot meal to every senior in need.  With the COVID-19 crisis, Meals of Joy has seen exponential growth and is serving three times more meals to seniors, with as many as 700 meals delivered each week.

Meals of Joy provides meals to residents of  Peoria, Glendale, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Buckeye, Sun City/Sun City West and Surprise.

The community is invited to watch the race online to see which ducks come up winners via the Meals of Joy Duck Derby Facebook page. The race will be prerecorded and the public will not be able to view the event live.

The minimum duck purchase price is a two for $10 Duck Duo and other duck packages are available on the Duck Derby GoFundMe page.   

The owner of the ticket with the firstplace duck will win $1,000, second place wins $750 and third place wins $500.  

Ducks can be purchased at the Duck Derby GoFundMe rebrand.ly/DuckDerbyAZ. (The website was listed incorrectly in a Peoria Times story June 11.)