Child poverty and hunger are reaching alarming levels in Utah. 142,000 Utah children, which equates to 1 in 7, face the pain and anxiety of hunger. When these children are focused on worrying about where their next meal will come from, it’s hard for them to focus on much else in school, which affects all of our children.
KUTV IS LAUNCHING THE SOUPER BOWL OF CARING TO COMBAT CHILD HUNGER
For just $5, you can ease their burden and allow them to focus on the things a child should be focused on – learning and fun.
In 1990 a South Carolina Sunday school teacher used Super Bowl parties as a modern day example of gluttony. Fans eat wings, pizzas and chips they don't need while in the same town someone else goes hungry. The class asked everyone leaving church on Super Bowl Sunday to donate $1 from their Super Bowl party budget to fight hunger. The first year 22 churches raised $5,700. In four years they expanded to 36 states, the 7th year they surpassed $1 million and the next year they passed $2 million. From 2008-2013 they averaged almost $10 million per year, but the Souper Bowl of Caring remains largely unknown west of Texas.
In a four-pronged campaign, KUTV's Souper Bowl of Caring will parallel similar events at businesses, schools and school foundation websites. Whether it’s gifts of food or money, it will all to support a variety of programs focused on childhood hunger, including those offered by Utah Food Bank and other service providers across the state.
Whether its emergency food assistance, food packs to help kids get through the weekend, or Utah Food Bank’s Mobile School Pantry program, it will all make a difference in the lives of Utah children facing hunger and their families. Please donate to Souper Bowl of Caring today to help continue to fund the growth of these vital programs!