At least 12.5% of Western Massachusetts residents are living below the poverty line, and that number is growing.
Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, the Souper Bowl returned for its second year. From January 26 – February 3, a total of 16 fifth-grade classes in Springfield Public Schools held a food drive and were challenged to compete with each other to collect the most pounds per student.
Also joining the Souper Bowl for the first time this year were the 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes at Williams Middle School in Longmeadow, who competed separately amongst their own classes.
The Souper Bowl is more than a typical food drive. It is designed to motivate students to make a difference in the lives of those around them and become active members in their communities. Additionally, it demonstrates to students the value of volunteering and the power that working together can have.
Despite the many snow days and delayed openings due to weather during the competition, the students did a tremendous job collecting food to help their neighbors in need. In Springfield, White Street School emerged as the winner of their competition, collecting 3.92 pounds per student (a overall total of 1,384 pounds).
In Longmeadow, it was Williams Middle School’s sixth grade class that won their first competition, with 1.48 pounds per student.
Souper Bowl II was another great success, bringing in a total of 8,250 pounds of food that will be distributed to the emergency food network. Congratulations to all the students who were involved!