Souper Bowl of Caring

 A sinple prayer: "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" is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.

This prayer, delivered by a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, in 1990, gave birth to an idea. Why not ask parishioners to give one dollar each for the needy as they leave worship on Super Bowl Sunday. Young people could receive the donations then send every dollar DIRECTLY to the charity of their choice. Participants would only be asked to report their results so that the totals could be determined.

The senior high youth of Spring Valley Presbyterian liked the idea so much they decided to invite other area churches to join the team and in 1993 the project went national.

Since the Souper Bowl's inception, ordinary young people have, with God's help, generated an extraordinary aggregate of $28 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country. In addition, tens of thousands of youth have learned that God can use them to make a difference in the lives of others.

Souper Bowl Mission Statement

The Souper Bowl of Caring inspires and mobilizes youth to fight hunger and poverty in their community.

Next Souper Bowl of Caring

February 3, 2008

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