As football fans tune-in Feb. 5 for the NFL’s Super Bowl championship game, faith groups will have a victory of their own that day with the Souper Bowl of Caring — a national, ecumenical effort that raises millions of dollars for hunger-fighting organizations.
While 100 million viewers are expected to celebrate the game with abundant food and friendship, nearly 1 billion people in the world will spend the day hungry.
More than 2,000 ELCA youth groups are registered for this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring. On the day of the event, the youth collect food and dollars in large soup pots from parishioners. Congregations are encouraged to select local organizations to receive half of what is raised and to send the other half to ELCA World Hunger.
Gifts to ELCA World Hunger support the projects of this church that respond to hunger and poverty in more than 50 countries, including hundreds of soup kitchens and food pantries in the United States.
In 2011 ELCA congregations collected more than $800,270 in cash and food items for 1,644 charities. About 21,646 pounds of food was collected. Individual congregations report the results of their collections at the Souper Bowl of Caring website. More than $81 million has been earned since the movement began in 1990.
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