Before the Super Bowl, millions of people headed to the supermarket to buy tons of snacks to be consumed during the game. In our community there are hundreds of people that can’t buy snacks or groceries. However, on Super Bowl Sunday the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen was open and served a warm, nutritious, mid-day meal to all that walked through their door.
During the pre-Super Bowl week, many local churches, business and organizations held “Souper Bowl of Caring” food drives to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. One of those churches was Lighthouse Baptist Church in Gettysburg. The minister of the church, Pastor Gray asked members of his congregation to bring cans of soup to worship. Pastor Gray’s daughter Chandra was inspired by her church’s Souper Bowl soup drive. She suggested to the Giant Food Store management, where she works in customer service, that the store should hold a “Souper Bowl” to benefit the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.
At the Gettysburg Giant Food Store Souper Bowl, each cashier asked customers if they would like to donate canned soup to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen. Each checkout line had a box of random soups that customers could choose from and add to their bill. The cans were put in a cart for the Soup Kitchen. At the end of the store’s Souper Bowl there was twenty-six boxes of soup donated to the Soup Kitchen.
The Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen is grateful to the customers of the Gettysburg Giant Food Store for their generosity. In this picture is the certificate of thanks to the customers of the Giant Food Store that is located at 44 Natural Springs Road, Gettysburg for the store’s successful Souper Bowl.