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'Souper Bowl' event breaks church record

Photo by Julia Ybarra-Young The New Richmond United Methodist Church collected donations for the Souper Bowl of Caring for the past few weeks, ending on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2. The congregation, Sunday school students and youth groups raised more than $1,000 to donate to the local Five Loaves Food Shelf in New Richmond.

The record has been broken.

In the past 11 years that the New Richmond United Methodist Church has been participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring, the most they ever collected between food and monetary donations has been $993 back in 2009.

This year, the church raised a total of $1,042.98 -- all for the local food shelf.

The total is a combined effort from the Sunday school kids, the youth groups and the congregation over the last few weeks. Each group set up a "souper bowl" display featuring kitchen kettles and money boxes to entice people to donate nonperishable items.

The Souper Bowl of Caring started in 1990 by the youth of a South Carolina church. By 1993, the idea had spread across the nation for groups to raise money for hunger in the weeks prior to the Super Bowl. The donations never leave the community; rather the organizers are asked to report the amount collected to a national number or website so the grand total for that year can be determined.

All the money and food donations are donated to the Five Loaves Food Shelf in New Richmond.