While researching activities for the school’s National Junior Honor Society I read about how one chapter up north decided to have a souper bowl. After Googling the concept I realized there’s a non-profit who’s mission is to end hunger. Their title is Souper Bowl of Caring.
Over the holidays, between November and December, shelters receive tons of donations. We all participate in the Thanksgiving food drives and the Christmas gift giving to the needy. What I never thought about was the aftermath. Around February these shelters’ supplies start to dwindle. People stop giving. The homeless have to eat more than two months out of the year!
What is Souper Bowl of Caring?
Souper Bowl of Caring is a national movement of young people working to fight hunger and poverty in their own communities around the time of the Super Bowl football game. In the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection (many use a soup pot), asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100% of their donation directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice.
After learning about this organization I registered the school and we collected over 100 cans of food. I dropped off the items at the Mission House in Jacksonville Beach. The woman was so kind and grateful. She didn’t know about the Souper Bowl but was excited when I explained it to her. She spoke about how their supplies tend to diminish after the holidays. They have an event in the summer called Christmas in July in order to collect donations and goods for the organization.
Go through your pantry or your closets. Even if it is just a couple of items take them to your closest shelter. Trust me. They will appreciate your generosity.
LESSON LEARNED: Giving should be done year round!