More than $9.1 million in cash and food has been collected so far in the 2009 Souper Bowl of Caring project. The total includes $4.7 million in cash and 4.5 million pounds of food. More than 260 Disciples congregations have helped raise contributions totaling more than $93,000 for the project. Souper Bowl of Caring mobilizes congregations, schools, and businesses to collect money or food for charity on or near Super Bowl Sunday.
Disciples congregations participating this year included Gower Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Gower, Mo., where youth groups performed skits and delivered the children’s sermons, raising more than $400. Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, Wash., hosted a silent auction with a goal of raising $1,500 for the project. Groups participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring are encouraged to report their contributions by going to www.souperbowl.org