SOUP-ER bowl fundraiser, Interfaith helps local foodbank

Alyssa Stencavage, Life Editor

While many are preoccupied with their everyday lives, some may forget to think about the people who are most in need of their help and generosity. According to local food shelters, some can really use help.
Everyone at Wilkes has the opportunity to give a little something of their own to those who are less fortunate than we are. In honor of next Sunday’s big game, the Interfaith Office is and will continue to hold a “SOUP-ER” Bowl event of its own, which will then be donated to the Westside Area Food Bank in Kingston.
The driving force behind this event is to collect cans of soup for Westside Area Food Bank in Kingston, who is in desperate need of cans of soup to give out to families to feed to help out during the cold weather.
The Westside Area Food Bank is supported by local churches, such as St. Ignatius, whose food goes to this bank, and Church of Christ Uniting, where the food bank is housed. Church of Christ Uniting is open Tuesday and Friday 10 to 11 a.m. for pick-up. These parishes are all involved in the effort and donation of food to this particular food bank.
“The idea came out of the Diocese of Scranton’s social concerns meeting, where several members of St. Ignatius were talking about how they were informed by the church that runs this food bank that Westside was running low on soup,” Interfaith Coordinator Caitlin Czeh said. “Another group was also talking about an event that they did so I thought it’d be cool to bring it here.”
Essentially, it was a shared idea.
Czeh said she started announcing the idea on Sunday at the Sunday service event, and  as of Feb. 1 she’s gotten one can. She’s hoping that more people will reach out and donate more cans this Sunday and at the Sunday events, and also during the Student Development event.
This Super Bowl Game Watch event hosted by Student Development was at 7 p.m.   on Sunday, Feb. 3 in the Ballroom.
“It will have free pizza, wings and snacks for people to enjoy during the game,” graduate assistant Jaimie Osborn said. “There will also be prizes for some activities that will take place that night one being whoever brings the most can goods to donate to the SOUP-ER bowl.”
The collection for the “SOUP-ER” Bowl event will be going on through Tuesday, Feb. 5, and a delivery will probably be made on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Cans of soup can be dropped off at the Interfaith Office, room 204 in the Henry Student Center.
Take a few minutes to gather up some cans of soup from your pantry, and drop by the Interfaith Office to make your donation and show some support.
Contact Caitlin Czeh at [email protected] or give her a call at 570-408-5904.