Guthrie County Farm Bureau holds first annual Grocery Cart Races
Seven teams of super shoppers arrived at Hometown Foods in Guthrie Center on Friday, April 6, to participate in the first annual Guthrie County Farm Bureau Grocery Cart Races. The purpose of the event was to fill donation needs for the Guthrie County Food Pantry while also highlighting food produced by local Guthrie County farmers.
Each group included three team members from a local business or organization. Participants included Main Street Guthrie Center, Guthrie County Extension and Outreach, Farm Bureau Financial Services, AC/GC FFA, Panorama FFA, Guthrie County Corn Growers and New Opportunities.
Each team was tasked with quickly collecting $45 to $50 worth of grocery items that could be grown or raised in Guthrie County. Bonus points were awarded for a wide variety of items, and time penalties were added if the group’s grocery total was higher or lower than the target dollar amount. Prior to beginning the race, teams answered trivia questions for a chance to take seconds off of their times.
At the end of the competition, the Guthrie County Farm Bureau purchased all of the groceries gathered by the seven teams, and the food items will be donated to the Guthrie County Food Pantry.
In years past, the Guthrie County Farm Bureau has given a monetary donation to the food pantry. Iowa Farm Bureau Regional Manager Beth Irlbeck said the idea for the grocery races came from a board member who recommended hosting an event to raise more awareness.
“We wanted to get more people involved,” said Irlbeck. “We wanted to get a little more traction with people knowing that the food pantry does need to be stocked.”
The Farm Bureau selected early April for the event as a late celebration of Ag Week, which occurred from March 18-24. Irlbeck also noted that the spring and summer months are often high-need times for the food pantry because kids are on summer vacation.
“Going into the spring and summer, we know that the food pantry’s shelves might be a little lighter,” she explained. “We want to make sure that they are stocked.”
Altogether, the teams collected 165 donation items at a total cost of $360.49. The Guthrie County Corn Growers received first place followed by Guthrie County Extension and Outreach in second and Panorama FFA in third.
“Having seven teams here today is a really good turnout for us,” said Irlbeck. “We want to thank Hometown Foods for letting us be here as well as providing that opportunity for that community togetherness.”