Morenci Methodists plan Soup-r-Bowl -1.26.2011

Written by David Green.

church.soup.greyThe Morenci United Methodist Church Soup-r-Bowl Sunday project was successful the last two years, but this year should far outweigh the others.

This time it’s going to be a challenge among churches or any other organizations that wish to get involved.

“The last two years we’ve done it with the Methodist Church only,” explained Sharon Cardinal, who is coordinating the project. “It was a big success, but we decided to expand it to other churches this year.”

During the first two years of the project, church members donated cans of soup to help stock shelves at the Morenci Ministerial Association’s food bank housed at the Church of the Nazarene.

In addition, donation boxes were placed at Borchardt Brothers Market and Dollar General, and a friendly competition got underway between the two stores to see which one ended with the bigger collection.

All of that will be repeated this year, but letters were also sent to other churches in town to see if they wanted to get in on the collection.

A Soup-r-Bowl bowl trophy was created and each year a “cracker” will be added with the name of the winning church or organization listed. The trophy will stay with the winner over the next year.

The contest will wrap up in the churches on Feb. 6, the day of the Super Bowl football game, and the store boxes will be collected Feb. 7 for a final count.

“Super Bowl Sunday is a great time to be reminded that in winter the need is great for food and a perfect time for stocking the shelves with soup in cans, boxes or envelopes,” Cardinal said.

In addition to the traditional 10-ounce can, United Methodist pastor Donna Galloway urges people to consider the larger family-size cans that could provide a family with a good portion of a meal.

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