Winona National Bank kicked-off the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign on Wednesday with its first-ever Grocery Grab event, collecting 1,348 pounds of food and personal care items for the Winona Volunteer Services Food Shelf. The event took place at Midtown Foods.
Nine teams participated in the Grocery Grab, with Hiawatha Broadband Communications taking home the Golden Grocery Cart trophy. Each team received 90 seconds to race through the store and collect groceries, with the winner being determined by the total dollar amount of groceries collected. The standings were as follows:
1. $781.01 – HBC
2. $637.36 – Leighton Broadcasting
3. $526.32 – Miller Ingenuity
4. $478.49 – Winona State University John Latsch Leadership Academy
5. $470.28 – Winona National Bank
6. $458.24 – Saint Mary’s University
7. $445.15 – Fastenal
8. $425.45 – Winona Post
9. $351.55 – Winona Health
A total of $4,573.85 in food and personal care items were purchased at Midtown Foods. Winona Volunteer Services Director Sandra Burke addressed the crowd to officially kick-off the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, while Winona Mayor Mark Peterson read an official proclamation to declare the month of March as “Food Shelf Month.” He also served as the official “whistle blower” to start and stop teams. In addition, local sports radio and television personality Dean Beckman delivered live play-by-play announcing as the teams raced through the store.
The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is the largest grassroots food and fund drive in the state, accomplished by participating groups and individuals engaged in the fight against hunger in support of 300 partner food drives.