Article by Matt Harvey, WV NEWS
BRIDGEPORT — For the past three years, the GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club and Kroger have banded together in November to help fight food insecurity through a community event. The fourth annual “Grocery Grab” fundraiser culminates in a grand prize Kroger shopping spree, set to take place Nov. 7 at the Kroger on Emily Drive.
All proceeds from ticket sales are allocated to benefit Harrison County backpack program participants.
“Roughly one in five Harrison County children are at risk of going hungry on weekends or holidays; this is where the backpack program comes in,” according to club President JoAnna Kirk. “We are so thankful to be able to offer assistance to many local schools through the generous support of our community and Kroger.”
“Not only is this an event we enjoy participating in each year, it’s one that’s making a real difference throughout the Harrison County community,” said Allison McGee, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We are committed to ending hunger throughout West Virginia, but we know it wouldn’t be possible without the support of partners like the Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club.”
Ten semifinalists will be drawn from all tickets sold and notified on Thursday. The grand prize winner will be drawn at the event Nov. 7, and will be awarded a 2-minute grocery shopping spree (some exclusions apply). The nine remaining semifinalists will receive alternate prizes. In each of the past three years of the event, the grand prize winners have gathered over $1,000 worth of groceries during their shopping sprees.
Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and are available for purchase online or via any member of the GFWC Bridgeport Junior Woman’s Club. Complete program rules can be viewed here.
11/8/19 update: Congratulations to our winner, Jerry Jolliff, who had a proxy to run for him. Thanks to the support of our community, total funds raised for the backpack program were just under $3,000! This money allowed us to help restock school food pantries for the holidays in conjunction with AFT-Harrison and will help carry us into 2020. Thank you!