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Vicky Wales (from left), Nick Edgcomb, Noah Hollinger, Linnea Lee-Brown and Ava Cattani, some of the students from Ladd Grade School student council, unload 143 pounds of food collected for the Hall Township Food Pantry’s “Souper” Bowl Challenge. The council members said they used announcements and posters to encourage donations. NewsTribune photo/Alicia LeGrand
The Hall Township Food Pantry’s “Souper” Bowl Challenge brought in more than 300 pounds of food through the weekend, and participants correctly picked the Ravens to win Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
Two weeks ago, Project Success, which runs the food pantry, kicked off a “Souper” Bowl Challenge asking local schools, business, churches and cities to collect donations of soup by placing cans in boxes labeled either Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers in order to predict a winner of Sunday’s Super Bowl game.
The majority of the donators voted for the Ravens as winners, which concurred with Sunday night’s Ravens 34-31 victory. Only St. Bede Academy had donations that favored the 49ers.
“This has been a real blessing to us,” said Jan Martin, executive director of Project Success of Eastern Bureau County.
Martin said about a dozen organizations participated in the challenge, with proceeds still being delivered today. Ladd Grade School dropped off 143 pounds of food during lunch Monday. Martin said more than 300 pounds of just soup has been received but some has not been weighed and other food also was donated.
“Hall High brought in three carts full and I didn’t get to weigh it,” Martin said.
The donations come at a critical time because the food pantry was running out of soup items. Martin said they could only offer two per family which would last the pantry a month. Today, the pantry offered four per family, and Martin said the families seemed excited.
“Many people prefer the heat-and-eat items because in most cases they don’t have a stove or kitchen,” Martin said.
The next event at the food pantry will be Easter distribution services on Wednesday March 27. They are working on the menu and need donations to make the baskets for families. Martin also wanted people to know that they needed to sign up to receive the Easter service this year.
The food pantry is at 500 N. Terry St., Spring Valley and can be reached by calling (815) 663-2085.
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