Local legislators shop for local homeless shelter, food pantry

  • State Rep. Jeff Keicher collected a mountain of groceries for Hinckley Area Food Pantry in the 2019 Shopping Spree at Batavia Jewel-Osco. This year's event will be Monday, Feb. 17.

    State Rep. Jeff Keicher collected a mountain of groceries for Hinckley Area Food Pantry in the 2019 Shopping Spree at Batavia Jewel-Osco. This year's event will be Monday, Feb. 17. Courtesy of Kane County Farm Bureau

 
Submitted by Kane County Farm Bureau
Posted2/5/2020 8:45 PM

The public is invited to watch state Sen. Jim Oberweis (25th District) and state Rep. Dan Ugaste (65th District) in a morning race to collect food to restock the shelves of two area food pantries.

The Kane County Farm Bureau's 19th annual Shopping Spree will be held on Monday, Feb. 17, at the Batavia Jewel-Osco, Randall Road at Main Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

The shopping begins at approximately 10:30 a.m.

The local food pantries these public officials have chosen to represent are Hesed House in Aurora and the South Elgin Food Pantry, respectively. All of the groceries collected during the 5-plus minute spree will be purchased by the Kane County Farm Bureau and donated to respective pantries.

As the area's largest agricultural organization, the farm bureau sponsors the Shopping Spree each year to call attention to the abundance of fresh and nutritious food at affordable prices. At less than 10% of disposable income, American household spending on food is less than any other country, and cause for celebration -- but the Shopping Spree recognizes that while food is affordable for most, it is a necessity for all -- and some are less fortunate.

The Shopping Spree, like the Farm Bureau Foundation's Harvest for ALL, Million Meal Challenge and 10,000 Gallon Challenge campaigns, encourages local support of hunger relief agencies and neighbors in need. Through these local initiatives, KCFB members have donated the equivalent of more than 2 million meals to area food pantries.

For more information on the Spree or other hunger relief efforts, contact Kane County Farm Bureau at (630) 584-8660.

Kane County Farm Bureau is a nonprofit membership association serving members, local agricultural producers and Kane County communities since 1912. With over 15,000 member families, Farm Bureau membership is open to all in Kane County who support a stable, profitable and permanent agricultural sector as a vital part of a strong economy in a free society.

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