Analysts predict food prices will jump by the largest amount in more than three years in 2014, but the sharp increase may not be a problem for one lucky winner, thanks to the Gardner Rotary Club and Price Chopper.
For the third year, the club will sponsor the annual grocery grab raffle. For a $10 donation, the grand prize winner will have five minutes to sprint through Price Chopper filling shopping carts with food and other supplies.
Gini Liveley, Rotary Club member, said raffle tickets are on sale now. They can be purchased at the customer service counter at Price Chopper, at Edgerton City Hall, or through Gardner Edgerton High School Interact Students or Rotary Club members. The deadline to purchase tickets is April 1.
On April 2, Rotarians will draw several finalists for the grand prize. The finalists will meet at Gardner Price Chopper on April 12 to determine the grand prize winner. Each of the 10 finalists will receive a prize, like a gift certificate. And one grand prize winner will receive five minutes to supermarket sweep the local grocery store.
The winner will have a full minute in the meat section at the store and then four minutes to grab as many groceries as possible in other departments.
Liveley said winners the last two years have been local charitable organizations – the Multi-Service Center and the American Legion.
“It’s fun to be a spectator when they’re running through the store,” Liveley said.
The Multi-Service Center, which operates the local food pantry, collected food that doesn’t spoil, like peanut butter and macaroni and cheese. The American Legion collected kitchen supplies like pots and pans.
The raffle is open to anyone, not just charitable organizations. The 52 members of the local Rotary Club use the grocery grab to raise money for a variety of projects, including local scholarships, purchasing dictionaries for USD 231 third graders, and youth exchange programs. The local Rotary Club is in its 18th year.
The grand prize winner will be selected at 8 a.m. at Price Chopper on April 12. The grocery grab will begin shortly after the drawing.