Players from Covenant Church and teams from all over the community came together last Sunday to pull off a big win. Each year Covenant and friends participate in the National Souper Bowl of Caring (SBOC), a youth-inspired, youth-led movement to tackle hunger during the weeks leading up to the NFL’s Super Bowl.
In January, teams started preparing for a significant battle – to help reduce food insecurity for their neighbors. It’s an uphill battle. The The Foundation for Delaware County tells us that almost 16 percent of children in Delaware County are considered food insecure and over 51,000 people in the county are unable to get the food they need.
With this information in mind, team members grabbed boxes and set them out where they work, live, and play to collect donations. People ordered groceries from places like Giant Direct to get donations delivered right to their homes. Donations started showing up at Covenant in January.
With a week to go, John Schol, Bishop of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, issued an additional challenge: to collect more food than our counterparts in Missouri and Kansas. So Covenant stepped up their game!
After worship on Sunday, members of the Covenant ASP Team and Boy Scout Troop 512 tackled the stacks of food that were donated. They sorted, counted, weighed, and boxed up everything so it would be ready for delivery to Loaves and Fishes food pantry in Prospect Park and the Shorter AME food bank in Morton.
With the this year’s game officially over (even though stats are still being collected), here are the winners:
Our challengers in Missouri and Kansas won (they collected more).
Team Covenant won as they surpassed last year’s numbers! As of February 16th, Covenant scored 2,405 food donations, plus $2,463 in monetary donations for a total of 4,868 units (some numbers are still coming in).
Donors and volunteers won as they came together with positive attitudes and lifted spirits to meet the challenge.
Loaves and Fishes food pantry and the Shorter AME food bank won. They will be receiving all of the donations collected by the team.
The ultimate winners are our neighbors who will see some relief from the ongoing struggle with food insecurity. The big win is that people in our community will feel a renewed sense of hope through Team Covenant’s dedication to generosity, compassion and service only possible through Christ.
Thank you Team Covenant!