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Grabbing groceries for Douglas County Food Shelf

The fourth annual Neighborhood National Bank Grocery Grab took place on Sept. 14 with seven teams of businesses from the area. The event was sponsored by Neighborhood National Bank and hosted at Elden’s Fresh Foods.

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Krista Rehm and Mathew Fisher of Bethany on the Lake quickly maneuver their carts down the aisles at Elden's Fresh Foods in Alexandria during the Grocery Grab on Tuesday, September 14. The event helped provide food for the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf. Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

A total of $6,994.50 worth of groceries was donated to the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf Tuesday. Sept. 14.

The energy was high around Elden's Fresh Foods as seven teams from local businesses went one at a time to race the clock in a mad dash to fill two grocery carts as fast as they could in 90 seconds. Shoppers were re-directed by Elden's employees as the teams raced around the isles and literally threw, swiped and flung items off the shelves to beat the clock and the other competitors.

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Logan Long of Ryan Witte State Farm Insurance pushes two carts as his teammate runs ahead to get groceries at the Grocery Grab at Elden's Fresh Foods on Tuesday, September 14. Lowell Anderson / Echo Press

The event is called the Neighborhood National Bank Grocery Grab.

"It was an amazing community event that allowed people to come together and help out the food shelf," said Bernice Wimmer, director of the food shelf. "It was so fun to see the teams and how they thought out their strategies."

Billmark’s Lakes Area Insurance, the Echo Press, Bethany on the Lake, KIKV-FM/KULO-FM, Neighborhood National Bank, Ron’s Warehouse and Ryan Witte State Farm Insurance competed against each other in Eldens for the fourth annual Grocery Grab sponsored by Neighborhood National Bank.

The team with the highest cost total would be declared winners and would not have to pay for the food; Neighborhood National Bank covered their bill. The losing teams had to pay their own bill.

Each team nominated two of their members to be the “grocery grabbers” and was allotted 90-seconds to fill two carts as full as possible — with one team member having a hand on the carts at all times. Once the time ran up, the teams went to the checkout lanes to total the cost of the collected food.

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Kris Valentine and Amy Foxx load up their shopping carts with items during the Grocery Grab at Elden's Fresh Foods in Alexandria on Tuesday, September 14. Lowell Anderson / Echo Press

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KIKV-FM took first place with $2,323.37 worth of groceries, followed by Bethany on the Lake with $1,229.88 and Ron’s Warehouse with $1,227.21. The Echo Press collected $656.83 worth of food, Ryan Witte State Farm with $616.42, Bill’s Lakes Area with $577.33 and $363.46 for Neighborhood National Bank.

"We weighed the van before and after. We received 1,800 pounds of food. That is almost a ton!" exclaimed Wimmer.

After the event, Eldens and Neighborhood National Bank delivered the donated food to the Douglas County Outreach Food Shelf on behalf of the businesses.

"There were a lot of essential items we received as well as a variety of different foods for our clients," said Weller, "I want to thank Neighborhood National and all the businesses that participated in the event. It really shows what an amazing community we have."

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Kris Valentine and Amy Foxx of KIKV FM/KULO FM celebrate after as they find out they are the winners in the Grocery Grab at Elden's Fresh Foods in Alexandria on Tuesday, September 14. They collected $2,323.37 worth of groceries in 90 seconds. Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

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Thalen Zimmerman of Alexandria joined the Echo Press team as a full-time reporter in Aug. 2021, after graduating from Bemidji State University with a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in May of 2021.
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