Food was flying off the shelves Friday afternoon at Radermachers Fresh Market in LeCenter and KCHK/KRDS Radio was on hand for all of the action. Radermachers and LeSueur County Farm Bureau teamed up to host the first ever Grocery Grab Competition in support of MN Food Share Month and the local LeSueur County Food Shelf. Evan King (LeSueur), the 4H County Federation President and Jake Peterson (LeCenter), the FFA President for LeCenter participated in a head to head competition . The boys arrived in the store around 4:30. Radermachers Store Manager, Kathy Christensen gave a tour of the store explaining the layout while Doug Krennick of LeSueur County Farm Bureau went over the rules for the grab and pointed out items that would best serve the food shelf.
The mad grab for groceries began precisely at 5pm with Jake starting out the competition in two – one minute rounds. Peanut Butter and Jelly, Flour, Sugar, Cake Mixes, canned vegetables, cereal, pancake mix, cleaning products, diapers, and household toiletries were hot items flying off the shelves. All groceries were rung through the registers. Jake Peterson rang a total of $524.45, while Evan managed to grab $335.30. A grand total donation of $859.75 is headed to the LeSueur County Food Shelf. Jake, clearly the winner of this competition, received two MN Twins tickets, courtesy of KCHK/KRDS Radio and when asked if he planned to take Evan, he smiled and said ‘I was thinking about it’.
The event was a success, ‘we are definitely doing this again next year’ said Kathy Christensen (Radermachers Store Manager). The real winners of the 2012 Grocery Grab are the LeSueur County Food Shelf, the many folks in our community who volunteer their time for the food shelf, and the people within the community the Food Shelf serves. More than 500 thousand Minnesotans receive food support – Our Local Food Shelves need your help… You too can be a hero and fight hunger. Support your local food shelves just like Jake Peterson and Evan King – Special Thank You to Radermachers Fresh Market and LeSueur County Farm Bureau.
Story by KCHK/KRDS Kristin Guerrette