An effort to gather food to help feed the hungry in Salina was a big success. The local “Souper Bowl of Hope”, an effort of Salina churches and businesses, coincided with the NFL’s Super Bowl.
The focus of the “Souper Bowl of Hope” was to gather cans of soup, which are donated to five organizations that feed the hungry. Those organizations include:
- Salina Emergency Aid Food Bank
- Salina Salvation Army
- Salina Rescue Mission
- Ashby House
- Domestic Violence Association of Central Kansas
The goal was to collect 52,000 cans of soup, in conjunction with Super Bowl 52.
Spokesperson Dean Atteberry tells KSAL News that Salinans responded in a big way, surpassing the goal. He says that over 52,000 cans of soup were donated.
Atteberry said “I would like to thank all of the churches, businesses, and individuals who volunteered and donated so that the five agencies will be able to offer a bowl of soup to the needy. I am proud to be a part of this organization that puts others first. I thank you again for your caring and sharing.”
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.
Organizers will do it again next year, with a 2019 goal of 53,000 cans of soup.