Supermarket Sweep Philanthropy Competition
In partnership with the Putnam County Purdue Extension Office and Greencastle Kroger, the Hartman Center hosts an annual Supermarket Sweep philanthropy and awareness event to tackle the issue of food insecurity. All in-kind donations benefit the Putnam County Pantry Coalition, which is comprised of 9 pantries that serve Putnam County.
Racing to Win
A DePauw student races to win the baby item challenge
Two DePauw students carry an armload of personal hygiene products as they compete to win a challenge.
One of the DePauw teams waits to check out with their cart full of donations
A dedicated group of student volunteers help make the event possible.
Stone Scholars Haley Haskins (L) and Jailene Valenzuela (R) sort and pack the bountiful donations for our local pantries.
The morning after Supermarket Sweep, volunteers from our local pantries came to collect their donations. In total, our students and community donated $6,956!
Putnam County Food Insecurity Facts
Fighting food insecurity is an important stance to help make our community more whole and healthy!
Supermarket Sweep Shopping List
List of requested items from the Putnam County Pantry Coalition
Supermarket Sweep, a call back to the old game show, is a competitive philanthropy event that aims to educate students and our community about food insecurity.
The summer months are difficult for food pantries and we want to bring our resources and passions together to stock the Putnam County food pantries. Approximately 10% of Putnam County residents are food insecure, and 45% of those suffering from food insecurity don’t qualify to receive SNAP or WIC benefits. Food pantries help alleviate this burden.
Students across our campus are forming teams to purchase requested items to donate to the Putnam County Food Pantry Coalition in preparation for the summer. These teams compete against one another to donate the most, with challenges built into the day to win gift cards to increase their total donation.
What is Supermarket Sweep?
Supermarket Sweep is a philanthropy event designed to raise donations for the Pantry Coalition of Putnam County, but with a competitive twist. Student teams arrive at our local Kroger with money they've raised to shop for essential items to donate to the coalition. Once the shopping begins, however, so does the competition. The organizers announce challenges throughout the store to give teams a chance to earn more money to use toward their total donation. The event is fun, collaborative, and has a great impact in our community.
1) The first team to bring 5 baby items to the announcer earns $10
2) Sing the Toast to DePauw to earn $5
3) Bring all the items for a pasta dinner for 4 to earn $15
How can I get involved?
Due to the collaborative nature of the event, there's a number of ways you can be involved! The 2019 event has passed, but stay tuned for the 2020 Supermarket Sweep!
1) Form a team and register. Once your team is set, figure out how much money you're going to spend and be ready to compete.r to help us pull off the event! Sign up here!
3) Shop on your own or with friends/family the day of the competition. Just drop your receipt and donations by the Hartman Center table located in the Floral Department so your donation can be counted!
4) Purchase and donate a Kroger gift card! Drop the gift card off at the Hartman House before the event or at the Hartman Center table the day of!
5) Spread the word! Encourage your friends/students/etc. to give back!
6) Follow @hartmancenterdpu on Instagram to learn more about this event and food insecurity
Why does this matter?
Food insecurity is a real issue that impacts many of our neighbors; many of whom rely on food pantries to make it through the month. The summer months are particularly difficult for individuals and families who experience food insecurity, as food pantries receive fewer donations in the summer. Additionally, with school out of session, families have to provide 1-2 more meals each day for their children, which they may have otherwise received at school. Supermarket Sweep wants to stock our local pantries to support our neighbors in need.
4,490 Putnam County Residents experience food insecurity.
1,240 children are unsure where they'll get their next meal.
45% of those experiencing food insecurity do not qualify for SNAP or WIC benefits.
A family of 4 would need to earn $25.50/hour to survive in Putnam County.
The average meal in Putnam County costs $2.51.
9% of Putnam County households fall below the Federal Poverty Level, while 30% of households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county.
For more specifics about Putnam County, head over to the United Way's ALICE report (Asset Limited, Income Restrained, Employed) here.
1st Place: Alpha Chi Omega, $503. 64
2nd Place: Delta Upsilon Ducks, $447.48
3rd Place: Delta Gamma, $338.71
Special Winning Categories
Most items: AXO, 223 items
Most baby items: DG, 17 items
Most feminine hygiene items: AXO, 10 items