Your Name: Julie Wieleba-Milkie
Your Group: Sacred Heart Parish Youth Ministry
Location: Dearborn, MI
Years Participated: 14
First Year: 1999
This Year: Collected $100 for St.Sebastian Food Pantry, Collected $20 for St. Leo's Soup Kitchen, Collected $300 for Kids Against Hunger, Collected $20 for St. Christine's Soup Kitchen, Collected $9 for Capuchin Soup Kitchen
Way to go!
How did you hear of Souper Bowl of Caring?We've been involved with SBC since I began my ministry career back in 2001.
Why did you choose to join the Souper Bowl of Caring team?We believe in fighting the issue of hunger, which is prevelant not only among adults but especially youth and so an organization that has youth involved in fighting an issue affecting other youth is a great justice and service opportunity.
What does your group do to participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring movement?We have a service blitz every year where on that Saturday we make PBJ sandwiches togive to local agencies/soup kitchens that feed the hungry; we also sponsor a Stone Soup event with our 4th/5th grade youth ministry where they learn about the "stone soup" story and how that story brings them together with each of their items to make a pot of soup that will feed people and raise funds to fight hunger; we sponsor a soup lunch after all our Masses on the weekend of Souper Bowl of Caring with a variety of soups made by our youth, teens, and young adults and then the money received goes to local agencies as well as Kids Against Hunger that provides another opportunity for the youth to come gather and package up food packs for the hungry; the young adults participate in a 24-hr. Food Fast in which they fast from food but then work on projects that involve food to feed the hungry, such as snack bags for the homeless distribution, sandwiches as mentioned above, and soup for SBC soup lunch. So the whole SBC weekend is filled with different events for different age groups to all come together and work to fight hunger.
What have you found is most successful for raising cash and food items?We plug our Catholic School into the mix by having the students bring in canned soup that they use in their physical education classes during the week leading up to SBC and then the cans are collected and given to our local food pantry and neighboring church. We don't currently but have collected money at the doors of the church on SBC weekend, but mostly we sponsor the soup lunch which brings in donations.
Tell us a little about where you donate your collection to.Cash is currently used for the Kids Against Hunger project that is another type of service opportunity where the youth package up meal bags with specific items provided by KAH and then a percentage of the food bags stay locally and the rest are shipped to hungry in other parts of the world. We donate the sandwiches we make to our area soup kitchens, such as St. Christine's; canned soup is donated to our food pantry at St. Sebatian's, and other monetary donations are also sent to organizations such as Gleaners, Forgotten Harvest, etc.
Are there any resources you feel Souper Bowl of Caring could develop to enhance your collection?We like the t-shirts that we try to wear on that weekend at our soup lunch. The posters are great for church and bulletin boards.
What does participating in Souper Bowl of Caring mean to your group?We know through the experience what is means to answer yes to Jesus' command in the Gospel of Matthew, "when I was hungry you gave me food, thirsty you gave me drink...and people on his right said, 'when did we see you hungry and give you food?...and Jesus will say to those on his right, when you did it for the least of these, you did it for me."
What does it mean to you?We are participating in the mission of Jesus Christ by helping to care for the most vulnerable.