By Anne Marie Amacher
Helping organizations that serve the hungry was the goal of youth from across the Diocese of Davenport during Super Bowl weekend. The collection the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1 was part of the annual Souper Bowl of Caring.
According to the Souper Bowl of Caring Web site, the weekend is held to “mobilize youth to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities.”
Here is a round-up of parishes’ collections and designated beneficiaries for Souper Bowl of Caring, based on information The Catholic Messenger was able to obtain:
• Our Lady of the River Parish, LeClaire, collected $462.70. The money will be sent to Sister Bea Snyder, CHM, for Cafe on Vine in Davenport. The parish will collect cans of soup for the entire month of February for the Central Community Food Pantry, across the street from Cafe on Vine.
• St. Anthony Parish, Knoxville, raised $341.17 for the Helping Hands food pantry there.
• St. Wenceslaus Parish, Iowa City, collected a total of 165 cans of soup in a Super Bowl contest; 103 cans of soup were donated as votes for the Arizona Cardinals and 62 were donated as votes for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The cans were donated to the Crisis Center.
• St. Mary Parish, Oxford, collected $195 to help one youth to go to the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC).
• St. Alphonsus Parish, Mount Pleasant, raised $555.97 to be donated to the Fellowship Cup there.
• St. Mary Parish, Grinnell, collected $372.71. Money will be donated to Kids Against Hunger and for packing meals Feb. 8.
• St. Mary Parish, Oskaloosa, donated $454.12 to Ecumenical Food Cupboard and $150 to End of Month Meals.
• St. Paul the Apostle, Davenport, collected $1,000.
• St. Ann Parish, Long Grove, collected $800.
• St. Thomas More Parish, Iowa City, collected $84 and 36 non-perishable food items for Johnson County Food Bank.
• Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Bettendorf, collected $700 and more than 100 canned goods. The groups also served a meal at Café on Vine in Davenport.
• Prince of Peace Parish, Clinton, collected 610 non-perishable food items, along with cash.