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Stepinac High School Students Surpass Massive 2024 SOUPer Bowl Food Drive Goal By Collecting More than 20,000 Non-Perishable, Nutritional Food Items


Stepinac High School students today concluded their successful, month-long 2024 SOUPer Bowl, the school’s single largest annual food drive, to help Feeding Westchester meet its critically important mission of addressing the region’s food insecurity crisis.

They collected and donated more than 20,000 cans of soup and other non-perishable, nutritional food items—exceeding the campaign’s goal of 15,000 food items. The students’ donations will be distributed by Feeding Westchester to local food pantries to help the nonprofit “nourish our neighbors in the fight against hunger” in communities throughout Westchester.

 

Stepinac’s students will be rewarded for their outstanding efforts in this year’s SOUPer Bowl Food Drive by being given the day off, Monday, February 12, fittingly the day after Super Bowl Sunday,

 

The mid-winter timing of Stepinac’s SOUPer Bowl Food Drive, first introduced in 2012, helps to address low inventories of food items that food pantries experience following the holidays. It is one of the core annual initiatives undertaken by Stepinac’s Campus Ministry.

 

Last year, students of the renowned all-boys Catholic high school collected and donated more than 2,000 pounds of nutritious, non-perishable food item which made it possible for Feeding Westchester to provide about 2,000 meals to help feed children, seniors and families throughout the region.

 

On its website, www.FeedingWestchester.org, the nonprofit notes children and adults from all walks of life go hungry in every community. “Our programs are designed to address food insecurity when and where the need is greatest.”

 

“Although Westchester is a wealthy area, wages remain low and stagnant for the working poor, and the cost of living continues to rise. With fixed expenses like rent and childcare, groceries are often the first family expense to be cut.”

 

Underscoring the severity of food insecurity in the region, on average, every month Feeding Westchester serves 220,000 people, many of whom are children.  In fiscal 2023, it distributed more than 21 million pounds of food, equal to more than 17 million meals.