A chance to participate in MACC’s ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ event

January 26, 2013 by  

The Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) needs community assistance through volunteerism and the donation of food items as it participates in its 15th year of the national ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ event. While the MACC has partaken in the event for many years, this year will be its first as a site for donations.

Even though the holiday season has come to a close, there is still a great need for donations and local volunteers. Community engagement coordinator Nathan Oldham notes:

“You get a huge influx of volunteers and people who want to donate food and clothing in the holiday season, and then once you hit late winter and early spring, those donations start to thin out…Our pantry starts to thin out a bit.”

The event is inspired by Super Bowl Sunday and the luxury of food and comfort that many individuals have on this day. The intended message is that it is important to remember that not everyone has the opportunity to indulge in these events and that while many are enjoying the company of family and friends, there are those who cannot afford to feed their families. Oldham also states:

“The need doesn’t go away…we’re trying to bring in more donations in the late winter and the early spring.”

Those interested in donating nonperishable food items should visit 466 Main St. on February 2 between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, and donations of all sizes are accepted.

In addition to the advertisement of this event on its website, the MACC might consider using brochure printers and flyer printing to help raise awareness in nearby towns like Vernon and South Windsor.