In 1990, the Souper Bowl of Caring began with a simple prayer from a single Presbyterian youth group:
"Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat."
Since that day, more than $118 million has been raised for local charities across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation's largest celebration of giving and serving.
On February 8th, the Kansas City Chiefs (sorry Bills fans) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take to the field in Tampa for Super Bowl LV. Normally that would mean that we would be bringing our food and cash donations to church for the Souper Bowl of Caring. With no live worship, we needed to find another way to participate in this annual event.
For 2021, Good Shepherd's Souper Bowl of Caring is going virtual and we've extended the dates until February 19th in order to give everyone a chance to participate. Here's how it will work:
- We have set up a food drive through yougivegoods.com that allows you to purchase items for the Soup Kitchen at Switchpoint and have them delivered directly to the Soup Kitchen. Most of the items we have had donated over the years are available for purchase and, although prices are a bit higher than purchasing in the grocery store or at Costco, delivery is included. To use this option, just visit yougivegoods.com/gspcsg, scroll to the bottom and click Shop Now. When you have finished adding items to your cart, click on the shopping cart icon in the bottom right corner to check out.
- If you prefer to shop in person, we can make that work, as well. You can drop off your donations in the large storage tote outside the door to the CE Building at any time. If you have more than a few items, you can give Chris Schleter (435-619-2843) or Carolynn Thomas (435-817-8288) a call and we'll make arrangements to meet you at church to collect your donations. Carolynn has even offered to come to your house to pick up donations if that is more convenient for you.
- Cash donations can be made through our Vanco donation page by entering the amount of your donation in the Community Soup Kitchen box. You can give by credit card or from your bank account. If you donate by credit card, please consider checking the box on the checkout page indicating that you would like to add 3% to help cover the credit card service fees that the church pays.
- Cash donations may also be made using your bank's Bill Pay service or by mailing or dropping off a check. Be sure to use PO Box 1499, St. George UT 84771-1499 as the payment/mailing address. Please make your checks payable to the church and include "Souper Bowl of Caring" on the memo line. We'll consolidate all of the cash donations and deliver them to the Soup Kitchen.
With the generosity that our congregation and friends show, we expect another banner year and look forward to the 2022 Souper Bowl of Caring when we will be able to come together to help those in our area who need so much.
For more information on Souper Bowl of Caring go to tacklehunger.org