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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.