POINT PLEASANT — Everyone knows this Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, but it’s also “Souper Sunday” which could be a game changer for those in need.
“Souper Sunday” is a national movement to use the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize people in their communities to reach out to others in need by collecting canned soup for food pantries. The Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church is participating in the event and has placed boxes in the church for collection — one supporting the Denver Broncos, the other supporting the Carolina Panthers.
The soup that’s collected will go directly to the emergency food pantry at the church which serves individuals from across Mason County and is supported by the Mason County Ministerial Association, churches, clubs, organizations and individuals from the area.
“We couldn’t exist without their donations,” Donna Lambert, coordinator at the food pantry, said.
The pantry, and its adjacent clothes closet, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday, barring any weather emergencies. In 2015, the food pantry fed 2,361 people, including 758 families and of those families, 87 were new clients. The clothes closet served 902 families and 2,453 people.
The emergency food pantry tries to give enough food to last families four days, or more. Those four days equate to three meals a day, which means 12 meals are provided to families or individuals per visit. Taking these 12 meals multiplied by the 2,361 people fed last year, equals an astounding 28,332 meals distributed by the pantry in 2015, which is more than the population of Mason County. In fact, it’s enough to have provided everyone in Mason County with a free meal.
If anyone would like to donate soup for “Souper Sunday,” donations can be dropped off during regular pantry hours on Wednesdays. The pantry is located on the ground floor of the church with the entrance on the side of the building. All donations of soup will stay local and be used to feed local families in need.
For more information, call the church at 304-675-2170. For more information on “Souper Bowl of Caring,” go to https://souperbowl.org/.
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