Your Name: Nancy Exline
Your Group: Faith Presbyterian Church
Location: Cape Coral, FL
Years Participated: 12
First Year: 2001
This Year: Collected $2,500 for Fort Myers Soup Kitchen
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?A mailing from Souper Bowl of Caring.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?Souper Bowl of Caring is a great community mission project to help those in our area who are in need.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We ask everyone to drop a dollar in soup pots (held by our youth group members) as they leave worship. The youth are all dressed in football jerseys. After our last service, we have a chili contest. We have anywhere from 25 - 35 chili recipes entered. The youth serve the chili for all to taste test. Everyone has to donate a dollar per vote for their favorite chili - they can vote as many times as they want. Winner gets their name on a traveling trophy and a prize. All monies collected from services and chili contest are donated.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?Both our soup pot collection and our chili contest have been very successful and a lot of fun!
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?Sometimes we experience the Salvation Army stories - we ask for only a dollar donation in our soup pots from everyone. It's not unusual to get $5, $10, even $20. There have been years when someone has put a $100 bill in the pot. Our youth are in awe that someone would be that generous. Of course some are in awe because they have never seen a $100 dollar bill!
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.We donate all of our collection monies to the Harry Chapin Food Bank which is located in Fort Myers, Florida. Harry Chapin is the main distributor for our own food bank along with others in five counties in Southwest Florida. Every $1 donated turns into $8 worth of food.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?I think you are doing a great job - every area is different so the needs for resources are different.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?We are helping families who are in need throughout Southwest Florida.
What does it mean to you?Last year our collection was $2500.00 - that means we were able to help Harry Chapin purchase $20,000.00 in food - Wow! I work with children in my job so I'm sensitive to their needs and there are so many children in our county who go without food, especially during the summer. Participating in this movement gives me some peace that some of these children are able to be fed every day.