Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Springfield Souper Bowl is returning for its second year. During the week of January 26 – 30, fifth grade classes in Springfield Public Schools will hold a food drive and are challenged to compete with each other to collect the most pounds per student.
This year, there will be 16 Springfield elementary schools participating. In addition, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes at Williams Middle School in Longmeadow will be joining the Souper Bowl, competing separately amongst their own classes.
Last year, 16 schools collected a total of 10,091 pounds of food for The Food Bank. Milton Bradley Elementary School finished in first place by collecting a whopping 23.2 pounds of food per student. They were rewarded with an engraved trophy from The Food Bank, and a special picnic celebration held in the spring to recognize their hard work and dedication to the fight against hunger.
The Springfield Souper Bowl is more than a typical food drive, as it is designed to motivate students to make a difference in the lives of those around them and become active members in their communities. In addition, it demonstrates to students the value of volunteering and the power that working together can have.
You can follow along with all of the schools’ activity here on our website, and on social media: