“Souper Bowl” Super Effort
Todd Pittenger - February 24, 2014 3:34 pm
An effort to gather food to help feed the hungry in Salina is a big success. The local “Souper Bowl of Hope”, an effort of Salina churches and businesses, coincided with the NFL’s Super Bowl. It was the biggest year ever for the event.
The focus of the “Souper Bowl of Hope” is to gather cans of soup, which are donated to five organizations that feed the hungry. Those organizations include the Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank, the Salina Salvation Army, the Salina Rescue Mission, the Ashby House, and the Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas. The goal was to collect 48,000 can of soups, in conjunction with Super Bowl 48.
Spokesperson Dean Atteberry tells KSAL News that Salinans responded in a big way, surpassing the goal by over 10,000 cans of soup. He says that 58,078 cans of soup were donated. It’s only the second time the goal has been met.
According to Atteberry, the collection effort came at a critical time. The annual “Project Salina” food drive in May helps stock shelves for the summer months. But by late winter, those shelves start to get bare. This year was no exception, with food supplies becoming scarce. Atteberry adds that there were requests for some of the cans of soup to be delivered even before the drive was over.
Organizers will do it again next year, with a 2015 goal of 49,000 cans of soup.