Soup-er Stadium Challenge Surpasses Goal, Will Feed 100,000
Friday, October 13, 2017 by Communications
The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic schools and Catholic Charities today announced they exceeded their goal of filling Soldier Field twice by collecting more than 125,000 food items as part of the Soup-er Stadium Challenge, an initiative to help eliminate hunger in Cook and Lake Counties. Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman, the Charles Tillman Cornerstone Foundation and Soldier Field also lent support to the Challenge which will provide more than 100,000 meals to Chicagoans in need.

“Food insecurity is an urgent concern,” said Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago. “The Soup-er Stadium Challenge has been a great example of our Catholic communities coming together to transform lives through service.”   

The Challenge was created in response to the growing prevalence of hunger and food insecurity in our community. More than 729,000 people in Cook County have food insecurity, including more than 227,000 children. Every year, more than 150,000 people rely on Catholic Charities network of food pantries throughout Cook and Lake Counties.

“We are grateful to everyone in our community, especially the school children, who donated to this year’s hunger relief efforts and the Soup-er Stadium challenge,” said Monsignor Boland, President of Catholic Charities. “Every three days the shelves at our network of eight food pantries need to be refilled to ensure no one in our community goes hungry. The generous donations of this year’s challenge represent much more than food – they represent hope and compassion to those most in need.”

The Challenge asked every Catholic school student, teacher and faculty member in the Archdiocese of Chicago to donate (at least) one non-perishable food item to stock the Catholic Charities’ food pantries. As part of the Challenge, teachers also integrated hunger and food insecurity themes into their curriculum so this initiative moves beyond a food drive into a learning and growing experience for students.  
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