May 30, 2010; Source: | No matter who ends hoisting the Stanley Cup this year, the mayors of the two contending cities have made access to good, fresh food for their citizens a winning cause.

Mayors Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Richard M. Daley of Chicago have made a charity wager. If the Blackhawks win, Nutter will donate freshly grown food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository for the needy. If the Flyers win, fresh food goes to Philabundance, Delaware Valley’s largest hunger relief organization. Mayor Daley says he will top that with an eclectic donation of “Chicago treats.”

Whether the Flyers win or not, Mayor Nutter says he will volunteer in a community garden in Philadelphia.

In a sport that rates the severity of an infraction by whether or not blood is drawn, it’s good to see these two cities putting the—ahem—friendly competition toward a good cause. And now with the Blackhawks pulling ahead in the series two games to nil, get ready for a delivery to Chicago’s Food Depository.—Aaron Lester