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Super Bowl Sunday and its subsequent parties have become an American tradition where friends and loved ones spend time together enjoying their favorite snacks (guilt-free) while cheering their team on to victory. During this day of often excessive celebration, seldom do we think about those who may not have enough to eat. The Souper Bowl of Caring aims to change this reality, and has been collecting canned food and monetary donations to “Tackle Hunger” in local communities since 1990. Now entering its 29th year, the Souper Bowl of Caring has become an annual event taking place for a week leading up to the big donation day known as “Souper Bowl Sunday.” In 2018, Souper Bowl of Caring collected over $8 million in donations used to serve 2,643 charities nationwide.

Myers Park Presbyterian’s youth along with Boy Scout Troop 55 have consistently dedicated hours of time and service to ensure the success of this ministry for many years. Through their Scouting for Food initiative, led this year by Forbes Wallace and Jay Meland, Troop 55 scouts hand out bags to be filled with non-perishable food items during the week leading up to Souper (Super) Bowl Sunday. These bags are then delivered to Loaves and Fishes food pantry to supply food to those in need throughout Charlotte. Patty Arcia, Middle School Coordinator, has also incorporated Souper Bowl of Caring initiatives into several youth programs such as the annual Chili Cook-Off where the winners are voted on with cans of food. In 2018, MPPC youth collected 2,800 food donations and $3,002 in donations. And expect continued success with this year’s collection.

As we prepare for the big game, let us keep these words of prayer in mind:

Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat.

For more information on Souper Bowl of Caring and Scouting for Food, please visit souperbowl.org or loavesandfishes.org.