ELBURN – State Rep. Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) participated in and was the “top shopper” in the Kane County Farm Bureau’s 14th annual Food Check-Out Challenge Shopping Spree at the Batavia Jewel on Monday, securing a donation of $1,249.53 to benefit the Elburn Food Pantry.
Rep. Wheeler competed on behalf of the Elburn Food Pantry against fellow House freshman Rep. Steve Andersson (R-Geneva) representing the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry. Contestants had five minutes to fill their carts with as many nonperishable food items as they could. The items were then rung up and the contestant with the highest amount of retail value in his cart was named the winner. Rep. Wheeler prevailed with a total of $1,249.53 and was presented with a large check made out to the Elburn Food Pantry in that amount.
“The checkout challenge highlights the importance of supporting our local food pantries year-round, not just at holiday time,” Rep. Wheeler said. “I’d like to thank the Kane County Farm Bureau and the staff of the Batavia Jewel for their support of this very important event. We also owe our local farmers a big thank you for producing the food that feeds families across America and throughout the world.”
Food pantries have long been an integral part of Rep. Wheeler’s commitment to community service, as he has served as chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kendall County Food Pantry since 2008. Wheeler appreciates the efforts of the Northern Illinois Food Bank to support the Check-Out Challenge event and, more importantly, to be a tremendous resource for the local food pantries.
Rep. Wheeler serves the 50thDistrict, which includes portions of Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, Campton Hills, Elburn, Montgomery, Oswego, Plano, St. Charles, Sugar Grove and Yorkville.
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