Eastminster Youth participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring each year. The Souper Bowl of caring is a movement of young people to fight hunger in their local areas around the country.
Did you know that in the United States, Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year, behind only Thanksgiving? In 2015, 6,712 groups collected over 8 million dollars to for their local food banks, soup kitchens, and other hunger related causes. The Souper Bowl of Caring keeps us mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.
Eastminster youth collect for The MSU Student food bank. Youth hold soup pots at the door as people leave worship. All money collected in the soup pots will go directly to the food bank.
The MSU Student Food Bank is intended to provide supplemental food and other necessities for students and their families who are in need of this type of support.
The MSU Student Food Bank was founded in 1993 by a group of students and MSU staff. The Student Food Bank was the first campus-based food assistance program in the country. Our founders recognized that some MSU students faced food insecurity on a regular basis and needed food assistance so they could focus on their studies, families, and work. The MSU Food Student Food Bank has been serving students ever since. We remain an MSU registered student organization (RSO) and continue to operate on our credo of “Students Helping Students.”
Notes of Interest:
◾ The MSU Student Food Bank was the first food bank in the nation that was and is run by students, for students
◾ The MSU Student Food Band has assisted MSU students in need since 1993
◾ The MSU Student Food Bank is a member of the Greater Lansing Food Bank this allows us to purchase food at a significantly reduced price, averaging $0.45 per pound. This saves us 72% compared to the national wholesale cost of food.
◾ The MSU Student Food Bank operates on charitable donations received from community members and organizations
◾ The MSU Student Food Bank provides volunteer leadership opportunities for over 200 students each year
◾ The MSU Student Food Bank serves over 4,000 clients per year
◾ The MSU Student Food Bank distributes about 50,000 pounds of food annually to MSU students and their families (that’s 10,020 5 lb. bags of food)