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updated: 2/18/2013 2:01 PM

Rutherford, McConnaughay raise money for food pantries

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  • State Treasurer Dan Rutherford gets help from Linda Dahms of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry while competing in the Food Check-Out Challenge Monday at the Jewel grocery store in Batavia. The event was sponsored by the Kane County Farm Bureau and pitted Rutherford against State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, who was competing for Food for Greater Elgin. The two were seeing who could amass the most expensive bill while collecting nonperishable food for five minutes.

       State Treasurer Dan Rutherford gets help from Linda Dahms of the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry while competing in the Food Check-Out Challenge Monday at the Jewel grocery store in Batavia. The event was sponsored by the Kane County Farm Bureau and pitted Rutherford against State Sen. Karen McConnaughay, who was competing for Food for Greater Elgin. The two were seeing who could amass the most expensive bill while collecting nonperishable food for five minutes.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Sen. Karen McConnaughay joke before the start of the Kane County Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Challenge Monday at Jewel in Batavia.

       State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Sen. Karen McConnaughay joke before the start of the Kane County Farm Bureau's Food Check-Out Challenge Monday at Jewel in Batavia.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

 
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The 12th Annual Kane County Farm Bureau Food Check-Out Challenge Monday at the Jewel-Osco in Batavia featured state Treasurer Dan Rutherford and State Sen. Karen McConnaughay raising more than $2,200 combined for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry and Food for Greater Elgin.

The event was held in conjunction with National Food Check-Out Week, and also kicked off the farm bureau's Million Meal Challenge, with the goal of reaching the equivalent of 1 million meals provided to area food pantries through hunger relief efforts.

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Rutherford filled his cart with $1,174.56 and McConnaughay had $1,033.17.

Farm bureau-sponsored shopping sprees have donated thousands of dollars in groceries to local food pantries. The shopping spree compliments the farm bureau's Harvest for ALL program, where farmers and non-farmers contribute crop proceeds, cash and in-kind donations to food pantries of their choice.

To learn more about Food for Greater Elgin, click here.

To learn more about the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry, click here.

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