Soup's On—at the Souper Bowl of Caring
New York, NY, Jan. 14, 2008—Sunday, February 3 marks a major sports day for die-hard football fans. As the football line-up begins, United Methodist youth and young adults will be lining up their soup cans for another special event—the Souper Bowl of Caring.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-led event that unites and mobilizes youth across the nation to fight hunger and poverty right in their local communities. By collecting canned goods and making donations on Super Bowl Sunday, you too can join the fight against hunger. All collections are sent by the youth to local food banks or another hunger organization of their choice. In addition, the youths are encouraged to participate in a "Service Blitz," in which they volunteer at a local food bank or charity in their neighborhood.
Reach Out for the Home Team
Most of us sow our gifts abroad in seasons of giving, but right here in the US 35 million working families are considered food insecure according to the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, DC. Consider joining the more than 2,900 United Methodist congregations already committed to using Souper Bowl of Caring as a resource. Reach out to those who are in need in the US.
The Souper Bowl of Caring innovatively uses the excitement and energy surrounding the Super Bowl game to engage young people in service—while inspiring hope for those in need of a meal. The event also teaches youth the valuable lessons of service and giving.
Last year, more than 2,700 United Methodist churches across the US participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring— raising nearly $975,000 in goods and dollars to help the hungry and hurting both locally and abroad. So far, more than 2,900 United Methodist congregations are currently signed up to participate. Help us reach our $1 million goal for United Methodists by getting in the game.
Upon registration, the Souper Bowl of Caring will provide a free resource kit to help individuals or groups organize their own local drives. The materials include a how-to guide book with step-by-step instructions and ideas, publicity posters, and a soup pot sticker. Visit www.souperbowl.org for more information or ideas and to register.
How You Can Help
Use the Souper Bowl of Caring to encourage the young people in your congregations to get involved. Each participating church donates 100% of their collection to the charity of their choice. United Methodist Churches are encouraged to give a portion of the collected offerings to a local charity and to UMCOR’s World Hunger/Poverty Program through Advance #982920.