Together they hosted the first-ever Tackle Hunger Banquet. The event not only addressed the need of hunger and poverty in our community, but allowed people to experience it themselves.
When guests arrived at the February 7th event, they drew tickets at random that assigned each to a high, middle or low income tier, which determined the place they sat, the meal they ate and the service they received. Just as in real life, some of us are born into prosperity and others into poverty.
During the event, which was emceed by Johnny Bravo of 89.3 KSBJ Radio and sponsored by Kroger, guests heard from the young ambassadors Jonathan Simmons and Sarah Kate Thomas:
Jonathan Simmons spoke about the importance of the event and how his Uncle's experience with homelessness, hunger and poverty drives his passion for Souper Bowl of Caring and helping those in need.
Sarah Kate Thomas spoke about her experience with Souper Bowl of Caring.
The banquet took place at the First Baptist Faith Center and entry was two nonperishable food items or $5. The event raised more than $200 and over 250 pounds of food, which all benefited the Faith Center's food pantry and clothes closet.She said, "I always thought getting into college would be the best part of my senior year, but it really has been my involvement with Souper Bowl of Caring."
We are so proud of our young leaders, Jonathan Simmons, junior at Waltrip High School and Sarah Kate Thomas, senior at Memorial High School