January 16, 2015
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Recently remodeled Winn-Dixie Store No. 1511 in Gulfport, Mississippi, donated needed grocery items and presented a $15,500 check to the Salvation Army of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help the organization feed hungry families during the holidays. ​

Teams raced through a Mississippi Winn-Dixie store Dec. 17, dashing aisle to aisle with a cart-load of groceries, but only one team would be named winners of the “Supermarket Sweep.”

Recently-remodeled Winn-Dixie Store No. 1511 in Gulfport, Mississippi re-introduced itself to the community with a fun and local twist on charitable giving. The store hosted a high-energy “Supermarket Sweep” event in which teams competed in a shopping spree to feed hungry families in need over the holidays.

Participants included Saints “super fans” and representatives from Mississippi Living Magazine, the Mayor’s Office, WXXV-TV, the Salvation Army of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Garden Park Medical Center.

Each team got a shopping cart and a list of Winn-Dixie items available throughout the store. They raced up and down the aisles gathering holiday items such as turkeys, canned goods, desserts and much more, as associates, customers and Orange Grove Elementary school students cheered them on.

Participants raced to the checkout to confirm their lists. Garden Park Medical Center was named winner, and team members said it was thanks to the plan of attack they decided upon before the race.

“This was such a fun and interactive way for us to give back to our community,” said store No. 1511 Director, Michael Moore. “We were also happy to showcase our newly-remodeled store to an audience of key community members and media personalities.”

After the race ended, Winn-Dixie presented the Salvation Army of the Mississippi Gulf Coast with a check to support the organization’s food bank during the holidays. The check amounted to $15,500, including grant donation funds from the Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation, replacing money stolen from one of their collection kettles at another Winn-Dixie store.

“Having a shared vision and a common goal makes big things happen,” Moore said. “Our gratitude and appreciation goes out to our partners for their commitment to fighting hunger in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

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