Shoppers were racing around ShopRite of Timonium on Wednesday, Oct. 10, filling their carts and looking for bargains — and working to help ease hunger in Maryland.
The store hosted the inaugural Shopping Cart Sweep to benefit the Maryland Food Bank. The event was designed to be a "fun and creative backdrop to bring attention to the need for food assistance in our area," according to store officials.
Local contestants were given four minutes to shop and get as many items into their carts as they could. All contestants could keep the contents of their carts, and the winner — Debra Hitt, of Towson — also received a $250 ShopRite gift card. Hitt won by tallying $679.09.
In addition, ShopRite donated $500 to support the efforts of the Maryland Food Bank, and in all, awarded more than $1,000 in groceries to the four contestants. John May, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Maryland Food Bank, was on hand to accept the donation from the store.
Store officials said that according to the 2011 Maryland Census, there are more than 530,000 Marylanders living below the federal poverty level. Last year the Maryland Food Bank distributed more than 23 million pounds of food. For more information on the Maryland Food Bank, go to http://www.mdfoodbank.org.