Hiram College kicks off its annual Bread and Soup Nights this Thursday, Jan. 14, 5-7 p.m. in the Dix Dining Hall at the College’s Kennedy Center. A tradition since 1983, Bread and Soup Nights bring Hiram students, faculty, staff and community members together to share a simple meal in an effort to raise awareness of food insecurity and raise funds for local hunger relief organizations, with $1 from each meal benefiting charity.
The Bread and Soup Nights, which take place through Feb. 18, 2016, have been improved this year to include speakers, weekly raffles and voting on favorite soup flavors. Proceeds from the event will go toward the “Feed the Funnel” project that the College is holding as part of its campus-wide volunteer day on March 31, 2016.
“We want to make sure the community knows where their $1 from Bread and Soup Night is going,” said Sarah Dowd, Hiram College Service Coordinator.
The College is partnering with The Pack Shack, a nonprofit that provides dry ingredients that volunteers use to package meals, as part of “Feed the Funnel,” a program. Packaged meals are then donated to local organizations that help individuals dealing with food insecurity.
“Our goal to feed the hungry is bigger than ever,” said Dowd. “We hope to raise at least $2,000 to ‘Feed the Funnel,’ and with each meal costing just 25 cents to package, that equals 8,000 meals for our local community centers, churches, schools and food banks.”
Each Bread and Soup meal costs $6 for children and adults 10 and older; $3 for children ages three to nine; and children age two and under are free. Cash or check only. Individuals with questions or who wish to make a donation to the “Feed the Funnel” project can contact Sarah Dowd, at DowdSA@hiram.edu or 330.569.5420.