Souper Bowl of Caring Gains Momentum as Big Game Approaches

Style News Wire | 1/21/2010, 5:55 p.m.
While America waits to see who will be playing in Super Bowl XLIV, Houstonians are tackling hunger through the Souper ...

While America waits to see who will be playing in Super Bowl XLIV, Houstonians are tackling hunger through the Souper Bowl of Caring, with more than 145,000 pounds of non-perishable food and $102,000 in cash collected since the program kicked off on Jan. 14.

Teaming up for the food drive are leading grocers H-E-B, Kroger and Randalls Food Markets along with Houston’s leading television stations: ABC 13; Channel 11 KHOU-TV/DT; Channel 39; KFTH TeleFutura 67; KPRC Local 2; KRIV Fox 26 and KTXH My 20; and KXLN Univision 45; local radio stations: KSBJ radio; Sunny 99.1 and NewsRadio 740 KTRH; the Houston Chronicle; and the Houston Texans. Young people in more than 200 area congregations and 150 schools are also conducting collections of food and money as well as volunteering in the community.

The goal for Houston this year is to raise $3 million in food and cash to meet the rising need of food assistance in the community. Most of the donations will benefit the Houston Food Bank, which serves nearly 400 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties.

“Hunger gnaws at the spirit as well as the stomach,” said Houston Food Bank President Brian Greene. “On any given day, 53,000 people of all ages, including 3,600 children, contend with hunger because they cannot afford to buy food. Meals made possible by Souper Bowl of Caring donations will help to restore hope for thousands of families and individuals who otherwise struggle to keep food on the table.”

Partners in the Houston initiative join more than 16,000 congregations, schools, civic clubs and businesses signed up to participate as part of the nationwide Souper Bowl of Caring effort to transform Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest youth-led weekend of giving and serving.

“For over 20 years, young people have led this national movement of compassion raising more than $60 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities,” said Ron Goch, Executive Director of Souper Bowl of Caring. “Together, we all can make a difference through this effort. I hope everyone in the Houston area will find a way to give and serve.”

For more information, visit www.souperbowl.org/houston.