Souper Bowl of Caring This Weekend

9:46 PM, Feb 1, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- As many of us stock up on snacks for the Super Bowl this weekend, there will be many families across the Midlands without enough to eat.

Tracy Bender is the President and CEO of the Souper of Caring she says, "It's a lot of fun for us to look into this weekend as we culminate all the work we have been doing year around and this will be the 23th annual Souper Bowl of Caring."

What makes this organization even more special is it got its start at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

"I think it is extremely important to remember our roots and remember that this national project that has all kinds of attention and participation across the country started here in Columbia as a simple project and I think that the way the community has supported it has really helped it grow over time," said Bender.

All of the funds and goods collected through the Souper Bowl of Caring go directly to agencies, like The Cooperative Ministry.

Douglas Bates, with The Cooperative Ministry says, "It helps provide food a family that might need it just to get through that night and we are very thankful for the opportunity."

Bates gave us a tour of the food pantry that was bare, he says there is always a big need for food and donations.

Bates said, "Over half of or our clientele, that we serve are the working poor, people who are living literally pay check, to pay check, to pay check, so they sometimes need that extra boost to get them over that hump."

It is that little extra that both Bates and Bender are hoping you can provide, knowing that so many families in the Midlands are in need.

Bender said, "Food banks and pantries see a huge swell in donations around the holidays and they have let us know that donations drop at the beginning of the year, so it is really is a critical time to help restock those pantries and continue to be mindful that people are hungry year around."

For more information on the Souper Bowl of Caring, visit their website at

For more information on The Cooperative Ministry, visit their website at

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