State Senator Karina Villa and State Representative Barbara Hernandez are both Democrats, but they were rivals in the Kane County Farm Bureau’s 20th annual Food Check-Out Challenge on Monday.
They had five minutes to run through the dry grocery aisles of the Jewel Osco store in Batavia, fetching groceries for two local pantries.
“Slowly, Barbara, I’m coming for you!” Villa yelled as she took oatmeal and pancake mix on one side of an aisle while Hernandez tossed canned fruit into her cart on the other side.
Aurora’s Hernandez bought Food Pantry in Aurora for Marie Wilkinson. West Chicago mansion was shopping for the Elburn Countryside Food Pantry in Elburn.
Pantry volunteers came with them, told them what to grab, and provided empty carts for them.
There were rules. For example, they couldn’t sweep a shelf in their carts and only take two identical items with them.
When the race ended it took them a minute to catch their breath and then they began scanning the groceries on the registers. They also helped wrap up their attitude.
Hernandez was the winner, collecting $ 1,793.50 worth of items. Villa raised $ 1,294.64 worth.
The farm office bought the food. It also donated cooking oil and coffee.
Villa represents the 25th Senate District comprising parts of Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, Campton Hills, Elburn, Geneva, Montgomery, Naperville, Northern Aurora, Oswego, Plano, South Elgin, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Warrenville, Wayne, West includes Chicago and Yorkville.
Hernandez represents the 83rd house district, which includes parts of Aurora, North Aurora, and Montgomery.