Greensburg shopping cart filled with $819 in goods for food bank

| Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, 11:58 p.m.

Ray Charley got on the loudspeaker at his Pittsburgh Street Shop ‘n Save in Greensburg early Monday morning.

“If you see a young lady in a white T-shirt running through the aisles, make way,” he warned shoppers. “This young lady needs to have the aisles cleared.”

With a countdown from 10, Jessica Prosdocimo was off, and no one was going to get in her way as she collected $819.01 in groceries in three minutes for the Westmoreland County Food Bank.

It was the most ever collected in the five years Charley's Shop ‘n Save stores have partnered with the United Way on the shopping spree.

Prosdocimo, 26, of Murrysville, an employee of the Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County, was selected for the spree from among new United Way donors or those who had increased their donations this year. She also won a $250 Shop ‘n Save gift certificate for herself.

Prosdocimo chose the food bank as the recipient of the groceries she collected.

“Especially with the holidays coming up, I thought the food bank could sure use it,” Prosdocimo said.

When she took off, Prosdocimo headed straight for the meat department, filling one shopping cart with frozen turkeys and chickens.

She scooped boxes and boxes of macaroni and cheese off the shelves, added cans of soup and tuna and finished off with jars of peanut butter.

“I'll help clean it up, I swear,” she said, leaving a trail of groceries in her wake.

Prosdocimo said she followed the food bank's wish list when she picked her items.

“Based on the weight of these buggies, I think I did pretty good,” Prosdocimo said.

In fact, she more than doubled the highest dollar amount collected during previous shopping sprees.

Food bank officials were pleased with Prosdocimo's shopping prowess and the ongoing support of the United Way.

“I think we just got a good person,” Marlene Kozak, chief executive officer of the food bank, said about Prosdocimo. “She is fast. She is young. She knew where to go.”

Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or

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