|Souper Bowl Sunday 2012|
Longview Community Ministries Announces Kick-off
7th Annual “Souper” Bowl Sunday Food Drive
LONGVIEW, TX – Longview Community Ministries kicks off “Souper” Bowl Sunday activities this week. The mission of the annual event is to encourage our community to join the fight against hunger and poverty. Groups and individuals celebrating the “Souper” Bowl will collect canned goods and non-perishable foods for the Food Box of Longview Community Ministries.
The Food Box is the largest food pantry in Longview and served approximately 16,000 families in 2011, distributing over 31,000 bags of food.
For individuals hosting parties in their homes and businesses, Longview Community Ministries will deliver collection boxes and signage to encourage the festivities and donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items.
Longview churches participating in “Souper” Bowl Sunday have the opportunity to join in some friendly competition with other area churches, beginning with a “pre-game” warm-up on Sunday, January 27th. The competition runs through Super Bowl Sunday on February 3rd. Winners will be announced the following week.
Anyone wanting to turn a Super Bowl party into a “Souper” Bowl Party please contact Lisa Simmons at Longview Community Ministries, 903-753-3561 ext. 207, for more information or to make arrangements for delivery of boxes and signage.
First Baptist Church wins Souper Bowl food drive
About 30 local churches, businesses and organizations participated in the Souper Bowl Sunday Food Drive for Longview Community Ministries, bringing in 14,669 food items.
The winner of the church competition was First Baptist Church. Second place was Longview Christian Fellowship, and third place was Winterfield Methodist Church.
Churches that donated money were St. Mary’s Catholic Church and Longview Christian Fellowship.
Other area churches participating in the food drive were: Camille Acres Baptist Church, Centre Presbyterian Church, First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, First Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, First United Methodist Church, Galilee Baptist Church, Greggton United Methodist Church, Gum Springs Christian Church, Holy Trinity Community Church, Unitarian Fellowship of Longview, Mobberly Baptist Church, New Beginnings Baptist Church, Oakland Heights Baptist Church, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, St. Mark’s CME, Summerfield United Methodist, Trinity Baptist Church, Valley View Baptist Church, and Woodland Christian Church.
Participating local businesses and organizations included BancorpSouth, Zeta Phi Beta sorority, Islamic Center of Longview, Longview Cable Television, Fox 51, CBS 19 and the Longview News-Journal.
Proceeds from the food drive are donated to the Longview Community Ministries’ Food Box, Longview’s largest food pantry. The pantry distributes about 600 food boxes every week to needy families, averaging about 10,000 food items per week.
In 2011, more than 14,500 families were served;More than 29,000 bags of groceries were distributed;, and more than 1,800 families were assisted with utilities, rent, prescriptions or emergency dental extractions. Nearly 900 clients participated in the Learning Lab, and about 20,000 meals were delivered through Meals on Wheels.