The sixth annual SOUPer Bowl food drive, benefiting Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS), will take place Sept. 2 during the Avon vs. Avon Lake varsity football game at Avon Lake High School Memorial Stadium, 175 Avon Belden Road. Collections trucks will be at the stadium at 6 p.m. There also will be drop off locations throughout both communities, as well as the school buildings this month.
The friendly competition challenges the two communities to collect the most food. Bragging rights and a trophy are awarded to the community with the heaviest truck. Monetary donations are also accepted as each $1 contributed will be counted as 5 pounds. Items most needed include peanut butter, cereal, canned meats and fruits, and paper products. Food items must be non-perishable and not have expired dates.
Congratulations to Avon for winning last year’s SOUPer Bowl, although the real winner is CRS and the families served in Avon and Avon Lake. The generosity of students, staff and community members from both Avon and Avon Lake was overwhelming. Both communities together donated $14,287 and 9,538 pounds of food. These donations combined provided the CRS food pantry with the equivalent of close to 81,000 pounds of food. Since its inception in 2010, the SOUPer Bowl Food Drive has collected $59,083 in cash donations and 37,118 pounds of food.