The big game may be over, but Wilmington area residents suffering from food insecurity will benefit long after football season has ended thanks to Immaculate Conception Church in Wilmington’s Souper Bowl of Caring food collection.
On the weekend of Super Bowl Sunday Immaculate Conception’s Total Youth Ministry (TYM) and Junior Youth Ministry (JYM) asked parish families to bring in cans of soup for their “Souper Bowl” collection. The youth groups’ goal was to “change the game” by reminding the community that more than 50 million Americans, including one in four children, are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to nutritious food.
Through the overwhelming generosity of their parish 1,952 cans of soup were collected, surpassing the parish’s previous “Souper Bowl” record set in 2016 when the Carolina Panthers played in the big game. With the assistance of Knights of Columbus Council #1074, all of the cans were loaded and distributed to The Help Center at Federal Point and Sister Isaac Outreach at the Basilica Shrine of St. Mary. Both ministries were grateful to benefit from the generosity of the Immaculate Conception parish and to be on the same team to help those in the community who are in need.