Sharon Cardinal, who helps organize the Morenci United Methodist Church Soup-r-Bowl program, figured the collection of soup for the local food pantry would increase when the competition was opened up this year to other churches.
She was astonished with the results.
A total of 625 cans was collected by the churches involved, along with additional competition between the Dollar General store and Borchardt Brothers grocery.
“And the winner is...the community of Morenci,” Cardinal said. “Once again as a need is brought forward, the community of Morenci responds.”
Cardinal said she and Methodist pastor Donna Galloway were concerned that the church might have to give up the Soup-r-Bowl trophy created for the competition, but the congregation came through with 287 cans to top the second-place church, the Church of the Nazarene, with 157 cans.
In the community collection, the Dollar General team finished with 93 cans to Borchardt Brothers’ 50.
Cardinal encourages area churches to train for next year’s event.
“The way to stay in training is to set a monthly goal and collect items each Sunday to be delivered to the food pantry at the Nazarene Church on Summit Street in Morenci,” she said. “They have need of personal hygiene items as well as food. Complete meals in a box are very helpful.”
She urges shoppers to look through the weekly flyers and purchase an item for the pantry each time they go to a store.
“It’s easy and you will be helping out someone in our community,” she said.