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Indiana's 30th 'Soup Bowl' sells out in effort to sack hunger

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Thursday, February 8, 2024   

A fundraiser timed to kick off on the heels of Super Bowl 58 will help tackle food insecurity in Indiana.

Since 1994, Hoosier Hills Food Bank has held the line against hunger.

Executive Director Julio Alonso says the organization's annual "Soup Bowl," which raises money and brings awareness to food insecurity, is sold out.

About 600 people have purchased tickets to attend February 18 to celebrate the event's 30th anniversary.

"Local artists, clay potters, local restaurants, local musicians come together and benefit the Hoosier Hills Food Bank," said Alonso. "Potters contribute bowls, restaurants make soup for the price of their ticket, they get to take home one of those bowls."

Alonso said Hoosier Hills Food Bank is on the same team as Feeding Indiana's Hungry and the Feeding America network.

One in nine Hoosiers faces hunger - one in every eight is a child. With more than 730,000 hungry Indiana residents, Alonso said demand at local food banks continues to rise.

Alonso asks Hoosiers to pay attention to hunger related issues and contact lawmakers to share concerns - especially asking legislators to support a robust nutrition program for children and seniors.

"Hunger is particularly prevalent during the summer when school is out," said Alonso. "There are a lot of organizations that step up and try to do summer meals. One of the things we've seen since the pandemic and with inflation is a high level of senior hunger as well at the other end of the spectrum."

Just like America's love for the Super Bowl, Alonso said "Soup Bowl" is really popular in the local community and people appreciate the opportunity to come together for a good cause while celebrating art, food and music.





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