One Super Bowl party in Canal Winchester will be more about fighting hunger than scoring touchdowns.
On Sunday, Feb. 5, the Canal Winchester Community Food Pantry will hold its sixth annual SOUPer Bowl from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the pantry, 360 W. Waterloo St. Money raised through the sale of handmade bowls will go to fight hunger.
While the lunch is free, more than 100 handcrafted ceramic soup bowls will be available to purchase for a minimum price of $10. The bowls were designed and crafted by about 75 Canal Winchester High School students and staff members who worked after school on the project for several months.
Canal Winchester Human Services Administrator Penny Miller said the empty bowl is symbolic reminder of need in the community.
In 2016, she said, the food pantry had about 5,380 visits from clients, distributed 250 holiday baskets to families in need during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and assisted with providing more than 100 students who received food weekly through the Feeding Our Future program.
"These bowls serve to be a reminder that many of our friends, families and neighbors are hungry, and no one should have to be faced with an empty bowl at meal time," Miller said.
CWHS visual arts teacher Kelly Helser said students and staff members have been crafting the bowls each year since the SOUPer Bowl started six years ago.
"It is a great feeling when something you handmade goes out into the world knowing that it helped someone," Helser said.
"Pottery is especially gratifying because it is something that may be used and enjoyed every day. Clay-makers enjoy being creative and sharing that feeling with others," she added.
Helser said this year, the bowls will be crafted using all stoneware clays and high-fire glazes.
"I have a wonderful variety of colors that are bright and vibrant as well as the rich, earth-toned glazes usually associated with high-fire clay," she said. "Also, Mrs. Tracey Pearson's mixed media class made coiled yarn bowls and they look fantastic."
Helser said she hopes the bowls are "real eye-catchers" so that the pantry receives the donations it needs to help families in the area.
The free lunch provided at the event includes a variety of soups. Bread and homemade cakes baked by the pantry's executive board also will be served.
A Halftime Bake Sale will allow patrons to purchase treats to take home and enjoy during Super Bowl LI.
A silent auction of more than 100 items, including gift baskets, gift certificates, original artwork and handmade crafts is also expected to kick off the pantry's 2017efforts to raise funds to tackle hunger.
For additional information or to offer a contribution to the bake sale or silent auction, potential patrons and donors can call Aletha Mullins at 614-834-4700 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.