Members of St. Stephens held a bake sale to raise funds towards a goal of giving 500 cans of hearty soups to the local food pantry. Spending $350 at the sale, shoppers went home with cookies, cakes, brownies, breads, applesauce, and pies made by church members.
The effort continued on Super Bowl Sunday, with an in-house “Souper Bowl,” and parishioners brought more hearty soups, stews and chili, for a total of 375 donated cans. In addition to bake sale profits, a grant through the Thrivent Financial Action Team Project enabled the church to purchase about 200 cans toward the goal.
“We will definitely exceed our 500-can goal,” said Jane Woolsey, a member of the Social Ministry team that coordinated the effort. “The cash will be used to purchase other canned and boxed meals as requested by Hudson Food Pantry.” The hearty soups are very popular, Woolsey explained, because they are both nutritious and provide a meal in a can, and it has been a challenge for the food pantry to meet the need. In addition to Woolsey, team members are Donna Lambert, Norma Dubois, and Harold Greer, Melanie Whapham and Deb Roberts.