Fuel Your Family Road Trip
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2012 Tour Stops:
Orlando, FL Jul 27-28 Hollywood, FL Jul 29 Miami/Ft Lauderdale, FL Jul 30 Palm Bay/Viera, FL Jul 31 Titusville, FL Aug 1 Jacksonville, FL Aug 2-5 Valdosta, GA Aug 6 Atlanta, GA Aug 7-9 Greenville, SC Aug 10 Charlotte, NC Aug 11-13 Richmond, VA Aug 14-15 Washington, D.C. Aug 16-17 Baltimore, MD Aug 18-21 Philadelphia, PA Aug 22 New York, NY Aug 23-24 Albany, NY Aug 25
About Fuel Your Family:
Hitting the road for the 18-city, 30-day, 2,000-mile journey will be two Save-A-Lot brand ambassadors, Molly Stankovsky and Alex Frecon, both of Minneapolis, who won a national competition to serve as this year’s Fuel Your Family “Road Scholars.”
Along the route, the Road Scholars will attend community events, conduct random acts of kindness, host customer appreciation events at Save-A-Lot stores, visit local Boys & Girls Clubs, and share recipes and tips for quick, easy, affordable meals. Throughout the journey, the Road Scholars will share stories, photos and videos of their adventure at facebook.com/savealot and on Twitter @savealot.
We did it! Alex and I successfully completed the 2012 Save-A-Lot Fuel Your Family Road Trip from Orlando, Fla., up the Atlantic Coast to Albany, N.Y.! Better yet, we did it without any major issues or breakdowns! Yay!
I don’t know where the time went and how we managed to visit 18 cities and 26 Save-A-Lot stores in the last four weeks. There is no way this could have been done without the amazing support and guidance from the Save-A-Lot, SUPERVALU and Carmichael Lynch Spong teams. Thanks guys!
Q: Molly, are you and Alex still talking? How did you manage to be stuck in a car for four weeks, and work together day in and day out for six weeks?
A: To our own surprise, the answer is yes, we are still talking! I would say we managed to do this through humor, giving and taking, and more humor.
Q: How did you handle the Florida heat?
A: We started off the trip in Florida where it was hotter than hot. So hot that when performing our random acts of kindness, we actually had to stop in stores to cool down so we wouldn’t soak through our T-shirts or need to shower multiple times a day!
Q: Did you get tired of wearing the Save-A-Lot T-shirts everyday for four weeks?
A: Nope, not at all. Since we were constantly on the road, we sometimes forgot where we were and what our previous stop was. This is where our Save-A-Lot shirts really came in handy! With the cities and dates listed on the back of our shirts, we found ourselves asking the other to turn around to refresh our memory of where we had been or where we were going.
Q: Did you like the Subaru Outback?
A: Yes. I wish I could keep it! It was a lot of fun to drive. Smooth ride, great pick-up and good gas mileage.
Q: What were your favorite places or parts of the trip? Where would you like to go back?
A: I particularly enjoyed exploring downtown Richmond, Va., and Falls Park in Greenville, S.C., as well as visiting the historic sites in Washington, D.C. Those were the three places we had the most time to explore while performing our random acts of kindness. In particular, I would love to go back and spend some more time in Richmond.
Q: Did you play any games while on the road? Who won?
A: One of the games Alex and I played while on the road was seeing who could name the most private-label products found only at Save-A-Lot. I won every time of course!
Q: Who got stuck driving in New York City?
A: That would be Alex! Well, he actually offered. Thank goodness!
Q: What were the highlights of your trip?
A: When mascots would join us at store visits, baseball games (throwing out the first pitch, pony hop race, announcing lineups), and most of all spending time at the Boys & Girls Clubs! The kids were awesome!
Overall, throughout the trip, I enjoyed meeting new people and trying to brighten their day—whether it was through random acts of kindness or handing out free samples. The gratitude and gracious comments we received were heartwarming and uplifting. I really want to make sure that this appreciation reaches back to the passionate individuals Save-A-Lot employs—everyone from the store associates to the employees headquartered in St. Louis.
Before we embarked on our road trip, Alex and I got a chance to travel to St. Louis and tour Save-A-Lot’s headquarters. While we were there, we got to meet a variety of people from throughout the company, including public relations, designers, merchandisers, legal, mailroom staff and operations. From our visit, it became evident that these people weren’t just working at Save-A-Lot because it was a job. Rather, they are there because they believe in breaking down barriers, providing all communities with access to good affordable food and giving back. With that said, and in addition to my experience as a Save-A-Lot road scholar, I can confidently say: I love you Save-A-Lot. You’ve just gained another fan—thanks for the ride!
I’m still trying to digest the fact that this trip is over.
Four weeks! You’d think I’d have some profound cliché to spit out like “time flies!” or something, but all I can muster right now is “I’m hungry.”
This has been an overwhelmingly fun, exciting and challenging journey. We had to do a recap of everything last week, and I used the term “bucket list.” Honestly, I think that’s the best way to describe how I look back on all of this, a “bucket list” trip.
When I think about all of the things I did in those four weeks, I’m left with a genuine sense of joy and accomplishment. I was excited by the prospects of adventure and challenge before I left, and now that I’m back I feel like it was everything I expected.
Throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game? Check. Racing around the field on a bouncy ball? Check. Getting tackled by a mascot? Check. And this was all at ONE game!
A question that’s come up since I’ve gotten back – what was your favorite moment of the journey? I always have difficulty answering these types of questions, because I always have trouble picking just ONE answer. So, I figured I’d give you a few.
1) Baseball games – Everything about these events was awesome. Whether it was throwing out the first pitch, participating in a T-shirt toss or just doing an interview with the local radio affiliate, these nights were always exciting. Having gone to countless baseball games throughout my life, I finally got to do the things I’ve always wanted.
2) Visiting the White House and watching the President take off – While in Washington, D.C., we had the awesome opportunity to visit the White House for a tour. Well, to our surprise, our visit coincided with the chance to watch the President leave the White House in Marine One, the presidential helicopter. The thing literally landed on the lawn of the White House, perhaps 100 yards in front of us. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And yeah, he waved.
3) Driving through the Carolinas – For me, a lot of the allure of this road trip was that, well, it was a road trip. Not only do I love exploring, but I love driving. Road trips have always been an awesome opportunity for me to reflect and appreciate the scenery that this country has to offer. I had never been to the Carolinas before, so I was really impressed with the rolling hills and many rivers. Upstate New York was equally scenic.
4) Youth Club visits – This was the one thing I was most anxious about: being in a room full of 40- to 70-some kids, talking to them about healthy eating. Would we be entertaining? Would we be boring? Well, it turns out we weren’t that bad. The kids were so much fun to engage, talk to and hang out with. I got a lot of hugs, and I will not forget them.
So here I am, back in Minneapolis. It’s good to be home, near my friends and family, but I am also a bit saddened by closing this brief chapter of my life. It’s not too often that an opportunity like this comes your way! In the end, I couldn’t be happier that I was chosen for, and completed, this journey.
Thank you to all of the people at Save-A-Lot who helped make this trip possible, and a special thank you to all who tuned in and followed us on the journey. Hopefully, you had some fun as well.
Oh. And thanks to Molly too.
Now – to find a snack!
Today we got to visit the Troy Plaza Save-A-Lot store in Troy, N.Y. for a customer appreciation event and joined Southpaw, the mascot for the Tri-City ValleyCats to give away tickets for tonight’s game where we’ll be presenting a donation to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York.
Join us at “The Joe,” Joseph L. Bruno Stadium tonight to see the ValleyCats take on the Vermont Lake Monsters. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item to receive $1 off your ticket.
A big thank you to the associates at the Albany Save-A-Lot on Delaware Ave. in Albany N.Y. for helping us give out free samples this afternoon!
This afternoon we’re in Peekskill, N.Y. and have been handing out gift cards to local employees. That’s how we met Mike and Earl, we talked about music and they gave us some tips on where to go eat. Thanks guys!
We had fun exploring New York City this morning and even got to stop by Good Morning America. As you can see, we made some new friends! Now we’re off to see other parts of New York and visit more Save-A-Lot stores.
Today we presented Philabundance with a check for 5,000 dollars at the “M” Street Save-A-Lot in Philadelphia. The money will help provide over 10,000 meals for local families!
Here we are with Save-A-Lot associates Bob Sheehy, Bill Powell, Courtney Bethea, Gary Burgin and Keurn Hughes
This Morning we performed random acts of kindness before stopping in at the Save-A-Lot on Oregon Ave. in Philadelphia, Pa. We will be giving out free samples until noon, then we’re off to the “M” Street store for a customer appreciation event at 2 p.m.
This afternoon Molly and I got to visit the Reisterstown Road Save-A-Lot in Baltimore. Here are some of the associates that helped us give out samples and get to know some of their customers. From left to right: Dan Reedy, Ashlyn Jones, Angela Griffin and Catherine Wiley.
Congratulations to Alexandra! She found out about Fuel Your Family through Ms. Couponista and won a free gift card.