When Jack Decker and Elizabeth Middlesworth shopped recently on separate occasions in local grocery stores, the teens took their time.
But early Saturday the high school students, along with their teammates, raced frantically through Store 1057 on Eastway Drive in Charlotte, N.C., and placed random items hurriedly in their shopping carts.
The students were part of the Carolina's Student Hunger Drive Fast Feet event, which is sponsored by Food Lion. Saturday's event allowed four teams of two people 90 seconds to fill two carts with as much food as possible. That food first added to their school's food collection drive totals and then donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
"It was just very exciting to run through and do this because I have never been able to do this in a grocery store and help people at the same time," Decker said.
Decker, 17, seemed to have the most pounds with stacks of bagged dogged food inside of his shopping cart to help people who can't afford to feed their pets.Middlesworth, 16, used a strategy of clearing out a small canned good vegetable shelf section.
"I was pretty much pleased with what I got because hungry families will need vegetables to complete their meals," she said.
At the end of the competition the Providence High School duo collected 724 pounds; Nations Ford High School 706 pounds, East Mecklenburg High School 558 pounds and Cox Mill High School 206 pounds.
The Carolinas Student Hunger Drive competition will run from Oct. 3–Nov.14 and Food Lion is the presenting sponsor. Organizers are aiming to reach the 1 million pound goal this year since encompassing all the food raised by high school students for this event in the past seven years.
"I like the changes at this Food Lion," Decker said. "It's so much easier to get around than local competing stores.