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Stepinac Souper Bowl Brings In 25,000 Cans Of Food

Stepinac High School students donated 25,000 cans of food to several parishes and communities in need.
Stepinac High School students donated 25,000 cans of food to several parishes and communities in need. Photo Credit: Contributed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. –  Stepinac High School students learned they have succeeded in meeting an annual challenge known as the Souper Bowl by collecting 25,000 cans of food and other food items by the deadline of Super Bowl Sunday.

As a result of their successful efforts in the massive drive to help feed the hungry and homeless of all ages throughout Westchester and the Bronx, they earned a day off from school. Their holiday will be on Monday, Feb. 2, the day after Super Bowl Sunday.

Begun four years ago, Souper Bowl is Stepinac’s single largest annual food drive that “addresses a tremendous need for food by food pantries and soup kitchens in our community, a problem that is especially acute after the holidays when the level of donations declines,” said Stepinac's President, the Rev. Thomas Collins.

“Our students are to be congratulated for once again meeting this vitally important challenge that is in keeping with Stepinac’s long tradition of great generosity in helping those who are less fortunate.”

This year’s drive kicked off in October, when students were encouraged to start bringing food items to school each Wednesday. The cans and other items were then donated to local food pantries, soup kitchens and parish churches located primarily in the communities where Stepinac students live.

“Part of a Stepinac education is to create greater awareness among our students about the needs of the hungry and homeless in their communities and how their generosity can make a difference,” noted Principal Paul Carty.

"In keeping with this year’s 'community helping communities' theme, Stepinac leveraged a number of special relationships members of our administration and faculty have cultivated in the communities to help meet the goal."

Several parish churches of the Archdiocese of New York benefitted from the Souper Bowl.

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