Last year we blogged about the Supermarket Sweep, a fun holiday tradition spearheaded by Beau and Evan Burbidge that generates considerable donations to St. Anthony’s. Participants in the annual Supermarket Sweep split into teams for some competitive grocery shopping, with the goal of purchasing items that will amount to a specific, randomly assigned total price when rung up, somewhere in the ballpark of $100. The competition rewards savvy shoppers with mathematical minds, as calculators and smart phones are strictly prohibited.
This year’s Sweep had an amazing turnout and resulted in an exceptional donation of food goods as well as hygiene items for St. Anthony’s programs. The total donation filled up five totes (really, really big cardboard boxes) and was divvied up among St. Anthony’s Dining Room, the Father Alfred Center, the Social Work Center food pantry and Guest Services. “Everybody got a little bit of something” from the donation, said Dining Room Back of House Assistant Manager Dorothy Price, who coordinated the receiving and distribution of the donation. “It was gratifying to see that people had taken it upon themselves to do something of that magnitude for people they don’t know.”
Thanks 2012 Supermarket Sweepers from all of us at St. Anthony’s!
In photo: Participants get ready for the event.