Supermarket Sweep Supports Work of ACTION Food Pantry Program

(Cassopolis, MI) – The third time was the charm for Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) as they outswept their competition to emerge as the winning team in Midwest Energy Cooperative’s 3rd Annual Supermarket Sweep Food Drive. The event was held Tuesday at Martin’s Supermarket on Sanford School Road in Elkhart.

Supermarket Sweep is a spirited and competitive “food raiser” that pits team against team for a five minute sweep of the supermarket to gather grocery items for a beneficiary food pantry. The team collecting the most items on the provided shopping list wins. The beneficiary of the 2011 event was ACTION, a coalition of Cass County churches working together to serve and support people through various ministry areas including a food pantry program.

Second place honors went to Cassopolis Elementary School. Scott Wade Construction won the People’s Choice Award for the best decorated cart, as well as the “Crappy Wheel Award” as the team that collected the fewest items on the shopping list.  In total, 13 teams competed in Tuesday’s event, generating $830 in cash and $1000 in groceries for ACTION. Teams included SMC, Scott Wade Construction, Cass County Council on Aging, Kemner-Iott Insurance Agency, Red Star Auction, Corporate Graphic Solutions, First United Methodist Church (Dowagiac), Cassopolis Elementary School, Cass County Great Start Collaborative, Cass County Family Court, Greater Niles Community Federal Credit Union, and two teams from United Way.

“This is really a fun and innovative twist of traditional food drives. ACTION is doing really important work in the community, and Midwest Energy is honored to support that through this event. I really appreciate the spirit and creativity of all of our teams, and their willingness to spend a couple of hours of their time to make a huge difference in the lives of local families,” said Nicole Barfell, event organizer.

Midwest Energy Cooperative is a member-owned electric utility providing electric distribution and an assortment of energy-related programs and services to more than 35,000 customers in 11 counties in southern Michigan and northern Indiana and Ohio.


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