“Souper Bowl,” food bank spur Junior Scouts

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

January 31, 2014

WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Community Food Bank will soon be receiving much needed assistance from local churches that are participating in the annual “Souper Bowl” — a pun of the National Football League’s championship game.

Young people will collect either food donations or money during the week leading up to Super Bowl Sunday, with 100 percent given directly to a local charity of the group’s choice.

The effort started at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia. In the first year, 22 churches raised $5,700. In 2008, more than 14,000 groups collected over $10 million.

Seven Junior Scouts from Troop 1040 will help sort through the donated food and date-check it, while working toward their bronze award at the Fairfield Community Food Bank. Troop 1040 is based in and around Fairfield County.

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award Girl Scout Juniors can earn. Junior scouts cannot earn the award individually, because it must be earned as a group project. To earn the Bronze Award, each girl completes a seven-step program including a community service project that takes at least 20 hours to complete.

Fairfield Community Food Bank assistant coordinator Diane Williams said the junior scouts’ 20 hours will probably run through the end of September.

They started last week by completing their second hour of work. Williams said the next step will be for them to learn how to budget a certain amount of money and purchase as many items as they can.

“That is one of several angles they’ll be working towards,” she stated.

During their first trip to the food bank, the junior scouts learned how a food bank operates and sorted through some recently donated food.

Every donation of non-perishable food is date-checked, inspected for any damage and stocked on the shelves to ensure that any food given to clients is of good quality.

The junior scouts were interested in the 28-year-old mission (Fairfield Community Food Bank), which was started by Julia Hungerpiller through mission work. Hungerpiller and nine other volunteers work together to help the emergency food needs of at least 30 families each week.

The Fairfield Community Food Bank is the oldest operating food bank in Fairfield County. It is also the only one supported entirely by the community, where clients are given the opportunity to choose their food based on availability of choices and family size. Clients can be served once every 90 days. If they cannot be served, they are given referrals to other food banks and resources that might help them.

The scouts will meet again following the upcoming “Souper Bowl” to continue their work toward their Bronze Award.

For information on how you can support the food bank in other ways, call 803-635-9234 on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon, or e-mail Williams at dianewms@truvista.net.

The food bank encourages those interested to sign up for the “Adopt-A-Food” program, where certain food items are “adopted” and donated on a regular basis. Items other than soups are welcome. Special requests for broths such as chicken, beef and occasionally vegetable broth is requested.