Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 30, 2013

Souper Bowl of Caring event seeks to feed, gather supplies for those in need

Carrie Stambaugh
The Independent

ASHLAND — Community Kitchen will host Ashland’s second annual Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday.

The free event seeks to feed and gather supplies for some of the nation’s most vulnerable during a day most Americans are focused on the big game.

The doors of the agency will open at 3 p.m. at The Neighborhood at 2516 Carter Ave. for residents to drop off soup, casseroles, desserts, clothing, blankets and toiletries. Food and items will be sorted and organized until doors open for the event at 6 p.m.

Two other agencies in The Neighborhood — The Dressing Room and Clean Start — will also be open from 6 to 8 p.m. for those who want showers, haircuts or clothing.

Last year’s inaugural event fed and clothed more than 150, Ashland Commissioner Marty Gute said. Gute organized Ashland’s Souper Bowl event after attending similar functions in Lexington with his son. Ashland, he thought, needed such an event.

Souper Bowl of Caring events are planned in all 50 states. According to its website, Souper Bowl is a national movement of young people joining to fight hunger and poverty by supporting local charities that cater to the needy.

Estimates for 2013 indicate more than $2 million in cash and food items will be collected for local charities.  

“It was just very well received last year and we hope we can build on it every year,” Gute said. “It’s not really about the football game; it is about feeding and clothing the disadvantaged in our area,” he said, noting donations have already come in from Portsmouth to Charleston.

Big Sandy Superstores has donated the use of a large-screen television so attendees can watch the Super Bowl — San Fransisco 49ers vs. Baltimore Ravens — at 6:30 p.m.

Additional local businesses have pledged to donate food for the event.

CARRIE STAMBAUGH can be reached at cstambaugh@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.