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14 News reporters dash through the aisles, fill carts for charity

From the start, Araceli and Erin knew this shopping spree would be a challenge. From the start, Araceli and Erin knew this shopping spree would be a challenge.

Chaos in the grocery aisles Thursday, all for a good cause.

Seven local media teams had two minutes to collect as much food as they could to be donated to the Tri-State Food Bank.

Buehler's IGA says this grocery store shopping spree has been going on for about 10 years now.

Erin Meyer and Araceli Thiele represented 14 News. It was the first time for either of them in this competition, and they say it was the most entertainment, and exhaustion, they've ever had at a grocery store.

From the start, Araceli and Erin knew this shopping spree would be a challenge.

Their strategy??

Head straight to the back and start with the meat.

Things got a little cramped at the beginning, but they pushed on, filling one cart after another.

Araceli knew they'd find some big price tags in an aisle she's very familiar with. They loaded in formula and diapers, coffee and cereal. 

Then finally, mercifully, their two minutes, that turned into three and a half, and felt like about 30, ran out.

When the totals were announced, they'd racked up more than $945 worth of stuff.

Not enough for a trophy, but it did add to the more than $7,000 of supplies now headed to the Tri-State Food Bank courtesy of Buehler's IGA.

"It is fantastic when they do this event," said Executive Director of the Tri-State Food Bank Mary Blair. "It really touches me because we get a lot of food and not only that just the awareness that it puts out to kick off the holiday seasons."

"We think the timing of this is perfect to really create a lot of emphasis in the community what the food bank needs and it's a great way for us to give back," said Buehler's IGA Division Manager Craig Knies.

Even though they snatched up a lot of food from the shelves, the food bank says it will go fast.

They distribute nearly eight million pounds of food a year, helping people in 33 counties in the Tri-State.

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