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Grace College and Mission Point Community Church will host the 11th Annual Supermarket Sweep on Wednesday at Kroger, 2211 E. Center St., Warsaw. Photo provided.

WINONA LAKE – Grace College and Mission Point Community Church will host the 11th Annual Supermarket Sweep on Wednesday at Kroger, 2211 E. Center St., Warsaw.

The community is invited to participate by purchasing items between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Grace volunteers will provide grocery lists created by local food banks and collect items once purchased.

Supermarket Sweep is a fun and easy way to help local families in tangible ways as the holiday season approaches, according to a press release from Grace. Participants purchase non-perishable food and baby products which are then donated to organizations that support community members in need. This year, donations will go to Combined Community Services, the Salvation Army and the Heartline Pregnancy Center.

Grace Kearstin Criswell’s Director of Student Engagement, who conceptualized the event 11 years ago, encourages community members of all ages to get involved.

“Find colleagues to join you and shop on your lunch break. Gather your book club, softball team or small group together and make it a fun way to serve together. If you have children, what an opportunity to show them the importance of taking care of our neighbours! Supermarket Sweep is a gift from the community to the community,” she said.

The shopping day culminates in a game show-inspired competition between teams of Grace College students, faculty, and staff. Beginning at 9:15 p.m., groups “sweep” the store, buying items on their list and competing to win extra gift cards to spend. At the end of the evening, teams receive prizes for winning certain categories such as most money spent, most money saved, and most community members or staff present.

After items are purchased, Mission Point Community Church volunteers sort, pack and deliver the donations to local food banks.

“The idea of ​​putting food in the refrigerators, on the tables or in the pantries of people who might go to bed hungry is a very simple and very practical way to be the hands and feet of Jesus,” said Kondo Simfukwe, leader. pastor at Mission Point Community Church. “No matter who you are, you can do something big or small, but we know that in the end it will make a big difference.”

Criswell is also looking forward to another year of community impact.

“Over the past few years, we’ve raised over $20,000 worth of groceries in 1 p.m.,” Criswell said. “A lot of times when we deliver the food to food banks, they tell us their shelves were completely empty, but because of the supermarket sweep, they are not anymore. Our goal is to make the shelves fuller than ever this year. We hope many more will plan to attend on November 3 and help us provide for our neighbors in need this holiday season.