19,000 Food Items Collected During SOUPer Bowl of Caring
Three parishes, St. James Cathedral, Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, and St. John Vianney Catholic Church, all took part in the nation’s largest canned food drive, the SOUPer Bowl of Caring, this past January & February. The event aims to transform the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Youth-driven groups from around the country lead efforts to collect food items for the hungry in their local communities.
What started last year as a service project of a high school catechism class inspired by their priest’s love of football at St. James Cathedral, collecting just under 2,000 items, has now grown to three parishes. Priests from each parish aimed to rally their community to bring in as many food items as they could in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl! In a friendly competition, Fr. Scott Circe’s Saints from Most Precious Blood Catholic Church brought in 2,760 items, Fr. John McCormick’s Cowboys from St. James Cathedral brought in 4,844 items, and Fr. Miguel Gonzalez’ Dolphins from St. John Vianney Catholic Church collected 11,373 items!
Together, all three parishes collected 18,977 items for local charities. Their total is added to the over $7 million in food items collected by groups across the nation. All three parishes look forward to the challenge next year, and welcome any new parishes that would like to participate from across our Diocese.