On a wet and rainy Wednesday morning, Souper Bowl of Caring and community partners joined together in the Verizon West Club at NRG Stadium to kick off the 2017 Souper Bowl of Caring season in Houston. Local Youth Advisory Board members, Houston Texans Cheerleaders, NFL Alumni Players, volunteers from HEB, Kroger and Randalls and the Cypress Lakes Sterling Stars Dance Team rallied to fight the rain in an effort to get the city energized to collect 4,000,000 meals this season.
The morning's weather emergencies highlight the rising need of food insecurity in our community. Families displaced by flooding, individuals without transportation and children who normally receive breakfast at school are just a few of the 66,000 people in southeast Texas who do not have consistent access to nutritious food each week. All food and money collected through Souper Bowl of Caring is donated directly to local hunger-relief agencies in the greater Houston community. With the Big Game in town in just a couple of weeks, Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to use the energy to unite the community to tackle hunger.
To help kick off the season, a football much bigger than the one that will be tossed around on February 5 was constructed by Inventure Design. Reaching nearly seven feet tall, the football was made entirely out of donated cans of baked beans and corn, sponsored by b4 Products. The 2,000 pound Canstruction will provide nearly 1,700 meals to hungry families through the distribution network of the Houston Food Bank.
To generate the remaining 3,998,300 meals to reach the 2017 goal of 4,000,000 meals, Houstonians are encouraged to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team. During the Press Conference, Jamey Rootes, President of the Houston Texans, reminded everyone that all eyes will be on our city as we host the Big Game. As hosts, we can show the nation how to be Souper Bowl of Caring champions.
Clara Cooper, President and CEO of Souper Bowl of Caring and LYAB member Charlene Huang shared how easy it is to make a play against hunger this season, while Brian Greene, President and CEO of the Houston Food Bank, shared the need in our own community. Martha Barrera from H-E-B, Ron Parucki from Kroger and Sidney Hopper from Randalls teamed up to remind folks to give in stores during their weekly grocery store visits.
Groups including schools, businesses, places of worship and individuals are encouraged to host their own food drive between now and the Big Game. Interested individuals should register online to receive a free resource kit in the mail.
When shopping at a local HEB, Kroger or Randalls, customers may donate a pre-packaged bag of food or donate at the register. Help encourage the community to give in stores by volunteering in a store near you!
On the weekend before the Big Game, Boys Scouts - Sam Houston Area Council will blanket the city with door hangers on Saturday, January 28 encouraging neighbors to donate food on their doorstep. The Scouts will return to pick up the food on Saturday, February 4.
Thanks to all who made the Kick Off such a great success. With the 2017 Souper Bowl of Caring season officially underway, now is the time to give, serve and #tacklehunger!
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