Your Name: cindy kannon
Your Group: Sugar Loaf United Methodist Church Faithful Friday Students
Location: Sugar Loaf, NY
Years Participated: 11
First Year: 2006
This Year: Collected $434 for Chester Food Pantry, Collected $434 for Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry
Thank you for teaching the youth to be leaders in the community!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?Through our Pastor.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?Initially it was to get the teens involved in a mission program. It has since become a great opportunity to teach our young people about helping others in need, especially at the local level. We have grown our youth involvement through the years and hope to continue to do so in the future.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We collect canned goods from our congregation. We also go door to door within our local community collecting canned goods and monetary donations. We make homemade soup and serve and sell it to our congregation following our Youth Sunday Service usually on SOUPERBOWL Sunday. Money and canned goods collected from this movement are donated to our local food pantries.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Going door to door garnered us a tremendous amount of canned goods. Our congregation generously donates a substantial amount of the money collected through the donations at our soup luncheon following the Youth Sunday service.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Seeing our youth go door to door interacting with the people as they collected canned goods. Most folks in the community were very happy to donate. The students also learned how hard it is for a family to purchase food and pay their bills on a limited income. How expensive food was and how little food they could get for their money.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Canned goods and money this year were donated to both the Chester Food Pantry and the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?Promotional material especially for going door to door.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?It is a first hand opportunity for our youth to do something for someone else in need. Seeing the need in our own community I think was a very powerful lesson for the youth also. They also learned that giving can be much more rewarding than receiving.
What does it mean to you?It reminds us that everything we receive is a gift from God and we should share our bounty with those less fortunate.