Fight Hunger During the Souper Bowl of Caring
In the days leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, Americans flock to grocery stores and restaurants for the seven layer dips, chicken wings, pizzas, chips and salsa needed to celebrate the big game. The excitement surrounding the Super Bowl has made Super Bowl Sunday the second-largest day of food consumption in the U.S., after Thanksgiving. Yet nationwide, one in seven Americans struggles with hunger. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a great opportunity to invite your friends, family and coworkers to join you in making sure that our hungry neighbors have food on the table.
From Jan. 20 through Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, you can purchase pre-packaged bags filled with nonperishable food items or make a monetary donation at Kroger, Tom Thumb, Albertsons and Market Street locations across North Texas. Donations will go to Tarrant Area Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank and local food pantries and soup kitchens.
In Tarrant County, one in six people experiences food insecurity. During the holidays, TAFB and food banks across the country see an increase in the number of volunteers and donations supporting our work to feed people who are hungry. When the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, the number of donations and volunteers often decreases.
The vision of the Souper Bowl of Caring is to turn the time around the Super Bowl into the country’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Last year’s Souper Bowl of Caring in North Texas resulted in more than $1.6 million in food and monetary donations to support hunger-relief organizations, including TAFB. Since the Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990, more than $110 million in food and funds have benefited food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens across the U.S.
In addition to food and monetary donations, TAFB always needs volunteers. We welcome individuals and groups to volunteer in Quality Control to sort, inspect and pack nutritious food that is distributed to children, families and seniors being served by our Partner Agencies. Other opportunities include our Cooking Matters program, which teaches adults and families how to eat healthy on a budget, and our Mobile Pantry program, which brings nutritious food to individuals and families in local communities. Visit our Volunteer page to learn about all of our volunteer opportunities and register today.
With your help, 2016 will be a great year. Thank you for your support throughout the year to help us achieve our vision of communities where no one has to go hungry.