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Chelsea’s Supermarket Sweep

Supermarket Sweep

Our Supermarket Sweep, a celebration of our Chelsea Branch’s grand opening in 2008, hit the Country Market store last Tuesday. Ten teams raced to grab almost $1,200 in food items for Faith in Action’s food pantry.

Congratulations to Chelsea’s Manpower, who took first place honors. Check out photos from the event at our Flickr photo gallery.

And check out the video from 2009’s Chelsea Supermarket Sweep.

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Video: 2009 Chelsea Supermarket Sweep

For your entertainment, here’s a short video on this year’s Supermarket Sweep at Chelsea’s Country Market.

We kicked the event off last year to celebrate the grand opening of our Chelsea Branch. We invite local businesses to race through the supermarket, collecting specially-marked items, and donating everything to Faith In Action.

This year, the teams collected 369 items worth $1,000 – and had a bunch of fun doing it.

And hey, our American 1 team (Janelle, Kari, and Lynn) didn’t get last place. Always a bonus.

See you next year!

Chelsea Supermarket Sweep collects $1,000 in food items for Faith in Action

Chelsea Supermarket Sweep - packing up

Eight teams participated in our Chelsea Supermarket Sweep at Country Market this past Wednesday. The race collected 369 food items for Faith in Action’s food pantry worth more than $1,000.

Much like our other Supermarket Sweeps, the rules of the Chelsea race are simple: teams race around the store with a grocery cart, grabbing one of each of the 60 available items. Whoever collects the most items wins, and all the collected items go directly to charity.

Several teams showed up early Wednesday to scope out Chelsea’s Country Market.

“I shop here all the time,” Babette from the Chelsea Senior Center said. “I should know where everything’s at.”

The Senior Center’s team had a strategy involving color-coding their list of items and keeping an eye out for the tell-tale yellow signs that marked qualifying items. Perhaps it’s ironic that, for all the planning by the Senior Center, the team earned the “Wobbly Wheel” award – meaning they collected the fewest items.

“We still feel good about it,” Babette said. “It’s all for the cause.”

The Chelsea Milling Company earned first-place honors by collection 58 items worth $150. Reinhart Realtors took second, and Jackson’s own K105.3 FM team placed third.

Head to our Flickr page to see photos from the event.

Thanks to all the team who participated!

Chelsea Supermarket Sweep a hit

Chelsea Branch\'s grand opening

We celebrated two big events on Wednesday: both our Chelsea Branch’s grand opening, and the first Chelsea Supermarket Sweep at Country Market.

Above, our president/CEO Dave Puckett (far left) and Sharon Hayes, Chelsea’s branch manager, clip the ribbon thanks to the Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.

Here are a few more photos from the day.

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Supermarket Sweep hits Chelsea’s Country Market

Chelsea\'s Supermarket Sweep at Country MarketAs if we didn’t learn our lesson before, we’re hosting another Supermarket Sweep – this time at Chelsea’s Country Market.

Get ready for fast-car flying action on Wednesday, May 28 starting at 11 a.m. Our American 1 team is assembled; now we’re getting other teams from businesses in the area to compete.

What’s at stake? Faith In Action’s food bank. All the food collected and donated by Country Market will benefit the assistance organization. Faith In Action is “a community funded, faith based assistance and resource center for those who need a helping hand” that serves the Chelsea and Dexter areas.

We’re doing our part, too, by holding a canned-food drive at our Chelsea Branch. Drop off your non-perishables at our branch or at Country Market starting Monday, May 19.

Otherwise, stop by the Supermarket Sweep when it happens May 28. If it’s anything like the Felpausch version, it’ll be quite the show. Teams of three will hold onto shopping carts as they run through the grocery store, grabbing as many specific food items as they can in five minutes. Then all the food collected is donated to Faith In Action.

The event will also serve as a Grand Opening for our Chelsea Branch.

If your business is interested in forming a team, contact Liz or Marla at 888-213-2848.

Dead last at Supermarket Sweep, and loving it.

Wobbly Wheel winners Wendy, Katie, and me.

Eleven teams raced through Felpausch Food Centers on Tuesday for our annual Media Supermarket Sweep. All the food teams collect is given to the Food Bank of Southcentral Michigan, who then turns it over to our local Salvation Army food bank.

Last year our American 1 team did pretty well. This year? Dead last. We earned the Wobbly Wheel award after grabbing only 46 of the 60 or so food items scattered throughout the store.

Oh well. We did it for a good cause, and all of our branches collected two shopping carts full of food besides what we collected during the sweep.

The Salesman team won again, with WLNS Channel 6 taking second at the Jackson Citizen Patriot team taking third.

“We’d like to thank the Jackson Felpausch for graciously opening up their store for the Sweep, and Spartan Stores and American 1 for their support as well,” said Dan Salerno, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan’s director of development. “Ultimately it’s needy households in Jackson that are the winners, receiving a real boost from the food picked up today.”

That’s right. Next year, we’ll try to make sure we “boost” our total for the Food Bank.

You can check out more photos from the even on our Flickr page.

Supermarket Sweep benefits Food Bank.

American 1 rings up their food at Felpausch.

Felpausch Food Stores and American 1 Federal Credit Union teamed up for the Jackson Media Supermarket Sweep, benefitting the Food Bank of Southcentral Michigan.

Six teams raced around Felpausch collecting tagged food items that were donated to the Food Bank. Each team was given a list of groceries and had five minutes to collect as many as they could.

The Salesman team won again this year, with American 1’s team placing second and K105.3’s team coming in third. Lansing’s Q106, a new team this year, earned the “Wobbly Wheel” award by grabbing the fewest items.

“In these tough economic times, every little bit helps,” Teresa Osborne, operation director for the Food Bank, said.

Felpausch is accepting donations through April for the Food Bank. Customers can drop off food items purchased at the store in marked bins.