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Community associates Shop 2 Stop Hunger at Staunton Kroger Thursday

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) – The race was on Thursday at the Staunton Kroger as local community members Shopped to End Hunger.

The objective is to get as much food items in the cart as achievable in just 60 seconds.

Contestants went 1 by just one, lining up guiding the starting off line when they heard, “Are you prepared to shop to stop hunger?”

The whistle blew and the clock started out ticking.

“You can only seize three of a selected factor and to steer clear of glass and then the complete strategy that it’s only 60 seconds was truly overwhelming,” Denise Cotter, Grant Coordinator for Extended College Yr Grants for Waynesboro General public Colleges, said.

But it is all for a excellent cause of feeding people across the Valley, as all the foodstuff collected goes to the Blue Ridge Place Foodstuff Financial institution.

“The problem of hunger is much more common and a lot more seen these days than it has been in pretty some time in excess of the last 12 months,” Karen Ratzlaff, Chief Philanthropy for BRAFB, said.

On average, the foodstuff lender is serving close to 118,000 men and women a month. And even though that has long gone down a bit from the peak of the pandemic, there is nevertheless a great deal of will need in the Valley.

“I know things have been difficult for people all through this pandemic, so it is pretty important to make absolutely sure that we get as substantially out there as probable,” Cotter reported.

Component of Cotter’s occupation inside of the faculties is to identify the food stuff scarcity in the Waynesboro space, which she suggests is “very, very commonplace.”

“We set in a quarter-acre back garden on one particular of our university properties, and we have just crossed the threshold of 5,000 lbs. of fresh new create. We have specified some of that to the foods financial institution, and we make certain that it goes out to our neediest households in the Waynesboro neighborhood,” Cotter discussed.

Wednesday’s Shop 2 Stop Starvation event assisted to get even much more food items out to individuals who will need it as 5 familiar faces raced from the clock to obtain as substantially food as doable.

The winner was established by who had the highest complete just after examine out.

There were being also barrels set up inside the Kroger for contestants to obtain food in the week foremost up to the occasion.

“The Daddy Warbucks” award for the most funds gathered and donated went Rev. Won Un of Central United Methodist Church and Central Feeding Ministry. He also gained the “2021 Heavyweight Champion” for collecting the most foods lbs gathered and donated.

Maria Knecht of Weaver Insurance plan & Economical Advisors won the “Hermes” award for receiving the most food items in her cart in just the 60 seconds.

Jackie Kurtz of Atlantic Union Bank and Katie Campbell Spurlock, H.L. Lang & Co. Jewelers were being also contestants who participated in the race and served obtain food stuff all through the 7 days.

Store to End Hunger added benefits Blue Ridge Region Food items Bank.(WHSV)

And even though Denise Cotter was the grand champion winning the “Cart Away Hunger Hero Award,” the local community exertion is what is serving to fulfill the demands of individuals across the valley.

“In times of require, we arrive collectively time just after time, and we make issues possible, and it is truly the finest expression of community I can assume of,” Ratzlaff stated.

Shop 2 Prevent Hunger has been an once-a-year event due to the fact 2013 and has helped to collect just in excess of 453,000 meals. BRAFB is hoping that immediately after Store 2 Quit Starvation can take location in Harrisonburg and Charlottesville later this thirty day period, they will be capable to fulfill the 50 %-million mark.

25,655 meals were gathered throughout Thursday’s event.

“We’re right here to aid all types of people, and we do not question queries. We just serve, and that’s what we have uncovered the local community has stepped up in a significant way to make that achievable,” Ratzlaff stated.

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