SOUPER Bowl at Rutgers
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
The Rutgers community held its first ever SOUPER BOWL at the Lodge of ALpha Rho on Super Bowl Sunday to raise funds and awareness of the issues of hunger and homelessness. The program was supported by a wide array of student groups, including members of the Rutgers football team. The event could not have happened were it not for the generosity of the Chi Psi fraternity who hosted the event and helped to organize it.
The program was a fundraiser for Elijah’s Promise in New Brunswick. RU Souper Bowl participants paid $2 to paint a glass soup bowl. The bowls and money were donated to Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen. The program featured information and speakers on hunger and homelessness. A former client of the Soup Kitchen, Sue Daddio spoke about being homeless and the role Elijah’s Promise played in helping her get back on her feet
Elijah’s Promise will use the bowls for their spring "Soup Bowl” fundraiser. During this program, individuals "buy a soup bowl” for $25 and taste a variety of different soups prepared by the Soup Kitchen staff to raise funds for the Soup Kitchen. The "Souper Bowl” event provided bowls to be used for the Soup Bowl fundraiser as well as funds to help operate the soup kitchen. Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen serves two meals daily and has a brown bag option for individuals who are not able to eat there. On average the Soup Kitchen serves 300-400 meals daily.
The event took place in the heart of the College Avenue campus at the Chi Psi Lodge. Elijah’s Promise is extremely grateful to the brothers of Chi Psi for so generously opening their home and hosting this wonderful event. Their participation and prime location are critical to the success of the event. Member Matthew Puzzio suggested that, "Our obligations as members of Chi Psi include a large amount of community service. We are fortunate to have such a great location and are happy to share it in order to benefit the Rutgers and New Brunswick communities.”
Elijah’s Promise was founded in 1989 as a small soup kitchen and has since become a multi-service agency that moves people out of poverty. Elijah’s Promise is working to empower lives, invite justice and alleviate hunger. The organization offers a continuum of services leading to self-sufficiency. A number of Rutgers Chi Psis are regular volunteers with Elijah’s Promise.
For more information, contact #1 Mike Wallace, Alpha Rho of Chi Psi Fraternity, 908-421-0484 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.