Your Name: Michelle Tate
Your Group: St. Josephs Catholic Elementary School
Location: Ogden, UT
Years Participated: 4
First Year: 2010
This Year: Collected $2,950 and 32,205 food items for Catholic Community Services Northern Utah
We are proud to have St. Josephs Catholic Elementary School on our team! Thank you so much for all you do!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?A former teacher from the South told us about it, and we became one of the first schools to bring to Utah, and it has grown each year from that!
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We loved the mission, support and resources of being part of this team.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We advertise weeks in advance with our parents and community. We have posters and signs hung up around school. I make and edit a video each year to kick off the event (using the pictures from the previous year's event). Also, this year, our local food bank came out and spoke to our kids about how important our event is to them and statistics about hunger, etc.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?While we do offer a competitive element (each homeroom adopts an NFL team and keeps track of their items each day on a football field), we find that the personal connection of who we are helping in the community is important. Also, since we are a Catholic School, tying it into Stewardship and Compassion. We hold this event during Catholic Schools Week.
Was there any particularly meaningful or moving story from your collection you would like to share?We have some students who do not have a lot of food or money themselves, and they have big smiles on their faces when they tell me that they were excited to bring in a case or a few cans of soup! We also have students who donate all their allowance to this cause and go shopping for food items to bring in with their money.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.It goes to Catholic Community Services of Utah. Their food bank is the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank in Ogden. It is the main food bank in northern Utah. Our 8th graders were given the chance to volunteer their time there recently to see what happens to all donations for that added personal connection.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?I would love it there were a few more posters provided. I love your resources and use many of the written resources available to download.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?It means an annual tradition of giving. We have only 380-400 students (many of whom are in the lower grades, and we still continue to raise over 30,000 items of food, which is around 17,000 pounds)! It shows what passion, hard work and working together for a common goal can do.
What does it mean to you?It has been great experience for me in terms o f leadership. I feel each year, I am challenged to find further resources to do the best we can in serving our community. I feel so proud knowing that my school is a part of something amazing. Our Souper Bowl of Caring has become one of the major contributors in feeding the hungry in our community.