Ashcroft resident and longtime Safety Mart shopper Michele Kennedy has been playing the AG Foods Great Grocery Giveaway contest for several years, but never won anything more than the occasional free small item.
All that changed this year when she got a phone call from AG Foods asking her to confirm who she was, as well as details on a ticket she had submitted. When that was done, the caller said “I just want to congratulate you: you’ve won free groceries for a year.”
Each year AG Foods gives away three grand prizes of free groceries ($100 per week) for a year to three winners: one each in B.C., Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Kennedy, who does a lot of her family’s shopping at Safety Mart and other local stores, says she was “really, really excited” when she got the news.
“It definitely helps,” the mother of four says. “But I had to laugh when the person explained that they would set up an account and that I could take my time: I could take a year, a year-and-a-half [to use the funds].
“I thought ‘It won’t be a year-and-a-half.’”
Kennedy says that she waited a few days before she announced the news. “I wanted to make sure everything was okay, and wait for them to announce it on Facebook. They wanted to make a presentation and take a photo. Unfortunately, my husband Owen was working and couldn’t make the photo.”
She adds that her family was very excited when they heard the news. “They started planning a barbecue. And when my son heard, he said ‘Yes: now we can buy two kinds of iced tea.’
“It was very surprising, and very exciting.”