Churches celebrate ‘Soup’er Bowl by helping those in need

BALDWIN — Families and individuals in need will have plenty of hot soup to warm them up this winter thanks to all the cans of soup collected for Souper Bowl by area churches to give to Bread of Life Food Pantry. 

On Sunday, as a fun and a meaningful way to enjoy Super Bowl Sunday, churches turned in their collections of soup. The event spurred friendly competition as to which church could collect the most soup.

Winner of the golden soup trophy was the Baldwin Congregational Church, with 1,121 cans of soup, along with a donation of $1,121. 

Parishioners at St. Ann, St. Ignatius and St. Bernard, collected 1,061 cans of soup and a $100 donation. 

“Everyone gave a fantastic effort,” said Lynne Mills, director of Bread of Life Food Pantry and part of the St. Ann’s team. 

Pastor Bruce Whitney, of Baldwin Congregational Church, was happy with the response. 

“The Bread of Life pantry wins big — 2,182 cans of soup and $1,221 to tackle hunger in our caring bowl championship for the Greater Lake County needy residents,” he said. 

Also to celebrate, people were invited to bring along a can of soup for a soup for a 'Soup'er Bowl party Sunday evening at the River Community Center, where people could watch the Super Bowl, enjoy snacks and chili, board games, ping pong and pool.