She continued that the first “Souper Bowl of Caring” was held more than 20 years ago, with only 22 churches. It has since grown into a nationwide annual event. Christian Ministry Soup Kitchen had 35 churches that participated last year, with a total of $12,163.80 collected, Williams informed.
“Currently,” she said, “we feed an average of 140 meals per day, seven days a week, and that amount of money provided 24,328 meals in our county (last year). This year, we are estimating that 38,800 meals will be served in the soup kitchen. It is with your help that we are able to provide this much needed ministry.
“Participation is easy,” she added, “with free materials supplied to support your group’s efforts. It can be as simple as making an announcement one week and collecting from your congregation, school or civic club the next week. One item of canned goods or one dollar per person can make a huge difference.”
Williams emphasized that it’s also very important to report your totals on the Website at www.tacklehunger.org. Or call 1-800-358-SOUP (7687) so your donations may be counted in the national total and the “Souper Bowl of Caring” movement can continue to grow.
“We sincerely hope you will consider the Christian Ministry Soup Kitchen for your ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ collection,” she said. “Christian Ministry of Lincoln County is working to eliminate hunger in our county, and it relies on the partnership of individuals and groups to achieve this goal.”
Christian Ministry is located at 230 E. Water St. in downtown Lincolnton. Call (704) 732-2691 for more information.
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