An article in TDP, The DePauw newspaper, cites an activity at Grace College as inspiration for an event in Putnam County, Ind., near DePauw University. Students from DePauw will be participating in a Supermarket Sweet to help supply local food pantries, much like students at Grace College do to help in Kosciusko County, Ind. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Sweeping Together: Community Joins to Combat Food Insecurity
Nearly 10 percent of Putnam County is food insecure, according to a 2016 study done by Feeding America. That equates to 4,490 people. In an effort to supply local food pantries with food before summer, local organizations and students from DePauw University have teamed up to gather food by putting a spin on the popular game show, Supermarket Sweep.
Students from DePauw University, as well as other community groups such as 4-H and the surrounding Greencastle schools and clubs, will be participating in the effort to “sweep” needed food and products off the shelves of Kroger to donate to the local food pantries. …
This idea is not unique to Greencastle. Purdue Extension’s NEP Community Wellness Coordinator Mindy Duckett approached the Hartman House and Naylor after seeing her sons participate in a Supermarket Sweep at Grace College in northern Indiana. She believed Greencastle and the surrounding Putnam County would be a good place to replicate the event.
According to Duckett, Grace has been hosting a Supermarket Sweep for nine years. “Last year, they raised over $24,000 worth of donations,” Duckett said. “So it’s a great opportunity to get first of all young people involved and aware of food insecurity, and what that might look like in their community because a component of all of this is educating the community about food insecurity.” …
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