Souper Bowl of Caring

Union County has geared up for the Super Bowl by participating in the national Souper Bowl of Caring, a movement that capitalizes on the game’s energy to mobilize youth to care for residents who are hungry, homeless and in need.

The Union County campaign, sponsored by Birdseye Renewable Energy, benefits the Union County Community Shelter.

New Salem Elementary already donated boxes of food items as part of their Souper Bowl drive.









Last year, Union County Public Schools raised approximately two-thirds of the county’s $42,000 total, with Weddington High school raising the most funds for the third consecutive year. Together, the 53 schools raised $27,162.

“Each year, the schools work harder and harder and raise even more funds to fight hunger and homelessness in Union County,” said Kathy Bragg, CEO of the Community Shelter. “We are so proud of the students and administration for participating in this fight that impacts every corner of our county.”

Churches throughout the county also are collecting funds through individualized campaigns, last year raising more than $15,000.

“We are so appreciate of every group and every person who participates in the Souper Bowl,” said Bragg. “As a non-governmental organization, we depend on the support of individuals and groups to provide our services.”

Souper Bowl runs through March 24, and any organization, school, business or family can participate. For more information on how you can participate, contact Bragg at (980) 328-1699 or

Last year, the Community Shelter provided 10,930 total stays to single adults and families and served 54,591 prepared meals in the Soup Kitchen. Over the past five years, the overnight stays totaled 42,948 nights for single adults and 23,794 nights for family members and the Soup Kitchen served 240,001 meals.

Souper Bowl surpassed $42,000 last year!

Union County Community Shelter honored Union County Public Schools and eight individual schools for their support in the 2017 Souper Bowl of Caring. Here are some pictures of school officials being presented plaques.





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