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|Shopping Spree Benefits Food Pantry, Demonstrates Affordability of Food
|A five minute shopping spree at a local supermarket is resulting in a little more food for the shelves at Galesburg's FISH Food Pantry.
The Knox County Farm Bureau, Hy-Vee and FM 95 radio teamed up for the annual Food Checkout Day race Tuesday at the Hy-Vee store on National Boulevard. The event is in recognition of Food Checkout Week, which is intended to celebrate the affordability of food in the United States.
The two-team, five-minute race pitted Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce President Bob Maus and Tanya Howard of Galesburg against FM 95 personality Samantha Kaye and Marge Ball of Galesburg. The teams, with food lists in tow, raced down the store aisles collecting as many items as possible in the time allotted.
The team of Kaye and Ball collected 36 items totaling $113.73, while the duo of Maus and Howard grabbed 25 items valued at $90.67. Maus tells WGIL the real winner was the FISH Food Pantry.
"We had a blast today, we had a lot of fun," Maus said. "I think our two teams did very, very well. Our biggest hangup was that we couldn't find the graham crackers. We spent too long looking for graham crackers. Otherwise, we did very well and I'm proud of what the Farm Bureau is doing, especially the fact they're donating all this food to FISH."
Kristy Lange, manager of the Knox County Farm Bureau, says food in the U.S. is remains very affordable and farmers play a vital role. She says it takes only 47 days for the average American to earn enough money to pay for their food for the entire year. Lange says income taxes, by comparison, can take up to 120 days of work to pay for.
(FM 95 WAAG's Samantha Kaye, front left, prepares for the big race with her partner, Marge Ball; while behind them, Galesburg-Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bob Maus, back right, prepares to race with Tanya Howard.)
(Kaye and Ball, left, celebrate their victory.)
(A display at the front of the Henderson Street Hy Vee provides more information about Food Check-Out Day. Story by Mike Perry. WGIL News Photos by Rick Heath.)
|02 17 09 by Newsroom
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