The Polytechnic United Methodist church will host a Souper Bowl party Sunday Feb. 5.
All students and faculty are invited to take part in the luncheon that will take place at noon in the Betty and Bobby Bragan Fellowship Hall. The church will provide a variety of soups and attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate for the food drive.
Rev. Dr. Robert Kenji Flowers, University chaplain, said the Souper Bowl party is somewhat a tradition at Wesleyan.
“It started in the ‘80s,” Flowers said. “A youth group wanted to do an alternative emphasis around the football Super Bowl, and so they made it a mission project to put a big soup pot somewhere in the church and people would come by and donate canned foods or any kind of food which would go to someone in need. It just evolved from there.”
Flowers said the donations will go to South East Area Churches (SEARCH), an agency that specializes in helping those in need.
“Our church is involved pretty heavily [with SEARCH],” Flowers said. “And they’re in a place right now where they need a lot more churches to be involved.”
Devin Canady, sophomore psychology major, said he thinks what the church is doing is an interesting way of giving back to the community.
“It’s kind of cool to see that the church is in tune with current things and is using it to benefit the less fortunate,” Canady said. “I think I’m going to tell my church to do something like that next year.”
Michelle Tennyson, sophomore theatre major, said this type of charity is fun.
“I think it’s creative to use the Super Bowl as a way to encourage people to give back,” Tennyson said. “And I love the name Souper Bowl. [It’s] cute.”
Flowers said for those who are not able to attend can still donate by dropping off canned goods or donating money at the church’s office located across from the Chaplain’s office.