The Duck Derby rubber duck race

The Duck Derby rubber duck race will help fund Goodyear’s Meals of Joy, which serves hot meals to seniors in need.

Goodyear’s Meals of Joy, a nonprofit meal delivery service for seniors in need, will host 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 currently serving three times more meals to seniors, with as many as 700 meals delivered each week.

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

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 pre-recorded, and the public will not be able to view the event live at the location due to social distancing restrictions.

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 first-place duck will win $1,000; second place wins $750 and third place wins $500.

Ducks can be purchased at the Duck Derby GoFundMe: