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|A Grocery Game With a Purpose
|Area agriculture, and the many uses of one locally-grown product in particular are the reasons behind an annual event that might have looked more like a shopping disaster than a shopping trip.
The Knox County Farm Bureau held its annual Food Check-Out Day at the East Main Street Hy Vee store Monday morning. As is tradition, a local resident and a personality from Galesburg Broadcasting Company station FM 95 raced against a local official and their partner to see who could fill their carts with the most food. This year, that local official was Galesburg Interim Fire Chief Tom Simkins.
But there was a point. Andrew Bowman is with the Farm Bureau's Young Farmers organization and tells WGIL it's important for people to continue to know that most of what they buy in the store is produced in some form or another by agriculture.
"Less than two percent of the population is actively engaged in farming," Bowman said. "So it's important for people to actually see that we're still an important part of the population here. About 21 million jobs in this country -- because we're talking about the economic downturn, what's going on here in this country -- 21 million jobs have something to do with the value-added food chain that goes into agriculture."
And more specific than that, Food Check-Out Day, officials say, was used to specifically highlight products made by corn.
Simkins and his partner were the winners in the grocery race, but both sides collected nearly $500 worth of groceries that are being donated to the FISH Food Pantry.
(Participants start the Food Check-Out Day Race, as Will Stevenson calls the "play-by-play" for FM 95. On right, FM 95's Eric Hanson is paired with Tina Courtright. On left, Interim Fire Chief Tom Simkins is paired with Melinda McGraw.)
(Simkins tosses boxes of corn muffin mix into his and McGraw's basket.)
(Hanson and Courtright look over their shopping cart of items.)
(Left to Right: Eric Hanson, Tina Courtright, Melinda McGraw, Interim Fire Chief Tom Simkins. WGIL News Story by Will Stevenson. Photos by Rick Heath.)
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