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– Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

In a race against the seven-minute clock, Elizabeth Stanek makes a quick checkout with the Noon Rotary Club on Sunday afternoon during the Service Clubs United 2022 Shopping Spree Fundraiser at the Fort Dodge Fareway. The club bought The Lord’s Cupboard.

The idea of ​​packing $500 worth of groceries into a shopping cart or two — in seven minutes — sounds simple.

But once the buyer actually holds the cart in their hands at the Fort Dodge Fareway, heart racing for the go signal, the pressure is on.

“Should we grab 30 cases of Rice-A-Roni… or was it 30 cases of elbow macaroni?”

Shoppers from several of Fort Dodge’s service organizations had to answer those questions Sunday afternoon — while under pressure to get as close as possible to a total bill of $500 during Service Clubs United’s 2022 Shopping Spree Foodraiser.

The food and other items were donated to local charity groups.

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Gary Moore (left) leads his shopping partner Jeff Becker as they do their best to spend $500 in seven minutes during the Service Clubs United 2022 Shopping Spree Fundraiser at the Fort Dodge Fareway Sunday afternoon. Daybreak Rotary members bought LOTUS.

Gary Moore and Jeff Becker of the Daybreak Rotary Club had prepared to shop for LOTUS.

“We scouted a bit earlier”, said Moore. “We went through the store to find the things they really needed.”

It wasn’t all fun and games.

“We mean business” said Moore. “I have to give Jeff credit for that.”

They were also willing to accept the possibility that someone with a wobbly wheel might be hidden somewhere in the carts. No shopping cart wheel oil was smuggled into Fareway.

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Noon Sertoma Club’s Jamie Brundage tosses a handful of Rice-A-Roni boxes into her shopping cart during the Service Clubs United 2022 Shopping Spree fundraiser at the Fort Dodge Fareway on Sunday afternoon. Her club bought into Upper Des Moines Opportunity.

“We haven’t gotten that technical yet” said Moore. “Maybe next year.”

Elizabeth Stanek had a plan for the Noon Rotary Club’s shopping spree for The Lord’s Cupboard.

“We work according to the ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ principle”, She said. “We have five article categories in three aisles. We had a rep roaming the aisles scouting the store.”

The group’s buyers, Rev. Kris Leman and Joyce Rosenquist of Fort Dodge, were ready—sort of.

“I’m a virgin in it.” Leman said.

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Nathan Nelson, Assistant Food Manager at the Fort Dodge Fareway, checks some of the food purchased during Service Club United’s 2022 Shopping Spree Foodraiser on Sunday afternoon.

“We have a general game plan.” added Rosenquist.

“When push comes to shove, we take up arms and sweep groceries into carts.” Leman said.

As the shopping was about to begin, Linda Cline from the Kiwanis Club, who served as MC for the event, made an announcement.

“Fareway was kind enough to add $100 to each group.” She said. “Now you can shop for $600.”

LOTUS chief executive Askley Vaala said Moore and Becker would fill the wagon for their group with various supplies needed at the shelter. Things like laundry detergent, deodorant, and breakfast items.

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Joyce Rosenquist, at left, along with Rev. Kris Leman, fill up a cart during the Service Clubs United 2022 Shopping Spree fundraiser at the Fort Dodge Fareway on Sunday afternoon. The two members of the Noon Rotary Club bought The Lord’s Cupboard.

She smiled at everything.

“It’s a good way to enjoy what they do,” She said. “It’s a fun way to donate rather than just writing a check. It’s a great way to bring people together.”

Also at stake is a challenge trophy, which the winning organization gets to keep until next year’s event. It will live with the Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma Club.

Results of the shopping spree

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Rick Duneman, shopping with the Noon Sertoma Club, brings a full grocery cart to the checkout during the Service Clubs United 2022 Shopping Spree Fundraiser at the Fort Dodge Fareway Sunday afternoon. The club received items for Upper Des Moines Opportunity.

Fort Dodge Noon Sertoma for Upper Des Moines Opportunity: $459.02

Fort Dodge Kiwanis for the Fort Dodge Community School District: $407.81.

Fort Dodge Noon Rotary for The Lord’s Cupboard: $415.31.

Daybreak Rotary for LOTUS. $428.27.

Fort Dodge Evening Lions for Trinity Food Bank: $260.68.

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– Messenger photo by Hans Madsen

Service Clubs United 2022 Shopping Spree fundraiser buyers made short work of some of Fareway’s holdings on Sunday.


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