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'SouperBowl' raises money to aid food pantry

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Members of the middle school youth group of First Presbyterian Church pause before the opening of their SouperBowl of Caring Café.

The morning of Super Bowl Sunday, the Middle School Youth Group at the First Presbyterian Church set up a SouperBowl of Caring cafe during coffee hour following the worship service.

Dressed in their favorite football team's jerseys, they served bread and homemade soup to the congregation for a small donation, and in the process raised almost $1,000.

The idea behind the SouperBowl of Caring was hatched at a Columbia, S.C., Presbyterian church in 1990. The Youth Group at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church decided that Super Bowl weekend, when people come together for football and fun, could also be a time to collect dollars and canned goods for the needy.

The first year, 22 churches participated and raised $5,700. Since then, young people have generated more than $90 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country.

In addition to cooking the soup themselves, members of the Youth Group decorated the Common Room in Seahawks and Broncos colors and seated guests according to their favorite team. They accepted donations in empty soup pots and also sold soup for people to take home.

The Youth Group will use all the funds raised to buy items needed for the New Canaan Food Pantry.

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