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

LAKE WINONA – Grace College and the 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’s volunteers will provide grocery lists that have been created by local food banks and collect items once purchased.

Supermarket Sweep is a fun and easy way to help local families in a tangible way as the holiday season approaches, according to a press release from Grace. Participants buy non-perishable food items 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, is encouraging community members of all ages to get involved.

“Find colleagues to join you and shop during your lunch break. Get 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 neighbors! Supermarket Sweep is a gift from the community to the community, ”she said.

The shopping day ends with a game show-inspired competition between teams of students, faculty and staff at Grace College. Starting at 9:15 p.m., groups “sweep” the store, purchase items on their list, and compete for additional gift cards to spend. At the end of the night, teams are given prizes for winning certain categories such as most money spent, most money saved, and most community members or staff in attendance.

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

“The idea of ​​putting food in refrigerators, on tables or in the pantries of people who could potentially 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 also looks forward to another year of community impact.

“Over the past few years, we’ve raised over $ 20,000 worth of groceries in 13 hours,” Criswell said. “A lot of times when we deliver food to food banks, they tell us their shelves were completely empty, but because of the Supermarket Sweep, they’re not. Our goal is to fill the shelves more than ever this year. We hope that many more will make plans to participate on November 3 and help us provide for our neighbors in need this holiday season.