The goal was lofty, because unfortunately, the need is big. In central Texas more than 470,000 people are food insecure, 1 in 4 are children. Food insecure individuals and families do not know where their next meal is coming from. A vast network of food banks, food pantries and hunger-relief agencies partner through the Central Texas Food Bank to serve food-insecure families in a 21 county service area. The Central Texas Souper Bowl of Caring collection stocks these agencies with both cash and in-kind donations to better serve the community.
As in seasons past, the community united. Media partners, food retailers, places of worship, schools, businesses and compassionate individuals utilized the energy of the Super Bowl football game to tackle hunger. Together, the community generated 2.9 million meals, surpassing the goal by nearly a quarter of a million meals.
To celebrate this accomplishment and the partners who united to tackle hunger, Souper Bowl of Caring hosted the 2017 Celebration Breakfast on Monday, March 6 at St. Edward's University. Local Youth Advisory Board members Mia Hernandez and Adrian Serrato shared their experience leading Souper Bowl of Caring efforts in their own community and what it means for them to serve as ambassadors to Souper Bowl of Caring.
We'd like to extend a thank you to all community members, places of worship, businesses and compassionate individuals who contributed to the record-breaking collection. Thank you for uniting to tackle hunger.