BUFFALO, Minn. – The Wright County Farm Bureau partnered with county leaders, state legislators, the Wright County American Dairy Association, Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm, and Farm Bureau Insurance to raise over $13,200 for three local food shelves at its Food Awareness event, held at Cub Foods in Buffalo on March 1.

The shopping spree-style event gave two teams 75 seconds to shop a selected aisle in the store, grabbing as much food as possible before time ran out. The groceries were then taken to the checkout line, where a winner was determined by both total dollars and total weight. 

The team comprised of Minnesota Farm Bureau President Dan Glessing and District 5 Board Member Fran Miron along with Wright County Commissioners Darek Vtech and Mike Kaczmarek won the competition with a total of 1,307 pounds of food collected and $3,341.29 spent. 

The team of Minnesota state representatives Marion Rarick, Joe MacDonald, Walter Hudson, and state senator Bruce Anderson brought in a total of 821.35 pounds of food and $2,140.32 spent. 

Three area food shelves were the real winners, taking home the food collected in addition to monetary donations and a gift from Cub Foods. The combined $5,481.29 from the two shopping spree teams, along with a gift of $1,250 to each food shelf from the Wright County American Dairy Association, $1,000 to each food shelf from the Wright Carver Breakfast on the Farm, $500 from Farm Bureau Insurance, and a product donation of nearly $500 worth of merchandise donated by Cub Foods totaled $13,200, which will go to support programming at the Cokato Food Shelf, Wright County Community Action, and RiverWorks Food shelf in Rockford.  

“This is an exciting event bringing together community leaders, elected officials, food shelf representatives and others in support of addressing food insecurity in Wright County,” said Kevin Dahlman, Wright County Farm Bureau President. “It is gratifying to see how our actions can make difference for the organizations in our county supporting those who need an extra hand.”