Your Name: Penny Black
Your Group: Great American Insurance Group
Location: Austin, TX
Years Participated: 2
First Year: 2014
This Year: Collected 6,262 food items for Reveal Resource Center-HCNC
We appreciate your enthusiasm so much! Thanks for continuing Souper Bowl of Caring and implementing it where ever you can!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?I first heard about Souper Bowl of Caring in 2008 at a previous employer. Every chance I've had to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring with an organization, I've done it!
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?It's so easy and fun. Collect food, donate, feed hungry people. The holidays are a time of an abundance of everything, being able to spend the next month giving back seems apropos.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We have set challenges for the past 2 years. Last year with our group of 60 people, whichever department collected the most items got to wear jeans for the month of February. The entire group collected over 2,600 items so we all got to wear jeans! This year we upped the stakes. If we collected 5,000 items as a group, now with 75 people, we got to wear jeans for the rest of 2015! We not only succeeded, but we collected over 6,200 items. Jeans are a great prize, but it becomes an amazing want for everyone to give more!
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?COMPETITION! But again, after a couple of weeks, and a growing pile of food, it becomes this overwhelming sense of pride - look what we are doing, look how many people we are feeding!
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?We collect our food for the Reveal Resource Center Food Pantry in Cedar Park. After our collection was complete, we rented a U-Haul and a group of employees packed up the truck with the food items and we all drove over to the food pantry. When we pulled up and opened the back of the truck, the gratitude we received as we helped unload the food onto pallet after pallet was so moving. Everyone was so appreciative; it made the whole experience even richer.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Reveal Resource Center Food Pantry is a non-profit organization through Hill Country Nazarene Church dedicated to feeding families. They serve over 1,300 families a week!
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?It certainly means more than wearing jeans for a year. We, as a group, know that we are helping to feed people. It means a lot that the fun we have participating is so helpful to others.
What does it mean to you?It makes me feel so honored to be a part of a group that works so hard to help others. Sometimes we take for granted what we have, and this month of giving is a chance for each of us to give back. It truly is awesome!