The total number of cans collected during our 2018 Soup Drive was 96,128 cans! Thank you for all of your support!
1 in 6 in our area is hungry including 1 in 4 children. Clearly, the need in our area is very great, and we hope to be a help.
The Facing Hunger Foodbank is at the top of the food chain when you think of food donation and distribution. The Facing Hunger Foodank here in Huntington services 17 counties: 12 in WV, 4 in KY and 1 in OH. Four of these counties are considered among the poorest counties in the country (WV's McDowell and Mingo and KY's Lawrence and Martin). The food bank distributes food to over 220 smaller agencies such as food pantries and food kitchens.
Soup is one of the most used items at the food bank and for that reason we always hope to collect a LOT of soup for them in January, which is National Soup Month. Our drive ran the whole of the month of January, and our goal was 70,000 cans.
The total number of cans collected during the January 2017 Soup Drive was 126,863! Thank you to all who donated!
Be a Soup-er Hero 2016 was incredibly successful thanks to the generous support of donors! The Junior League collected over 61,000 cans of soup for the Facing Hunger Foodbank!
Be a Soup-er Hero! The Junior League of Huntington organized a Soup Drive to benefit the Huntington Area Foodbank (recently re-named Facing Hunger Foodbank) in January 2015. This was the second year the Junior League of Huntington partnered with the Facing Hunger Foodbank for a soup drive. January is National Soup Month and soup is the second most requested item from the foodbank. All the soup collected was distributed by the foodbank to local agencies that feed more than 113,000 hungry neighbors in our region.
The Junior League of Huntington organized a Soup Drive to benefit the Huntington Area Food bank in January 2014. January is National Soup Month and soup is the second most requested item from the food bank. All the soup collected was distributed to local agencies that feed more than 113,000 hungry neighbors in our region.
The event kicked off with Heroes 4 Higher at the Barboursville Wal-Mart the first Saturday of the month. Junior League volunteers handed out flyers and suckers to Wal-Mart shoppers. Everyone had the opportunity to meet Batman and his crew and “Be a Souper Hero and donate soup!”
Throughout the month, donations were collected at the South Point, Huntington, and Barboursville Wal-Mart and the Barboursville, Huntington, and Ceredo FoodFair. Junior League volunteers and the Huntington Prep basketball team were at local area grocery stores to promote the drive and collect donations.
Children got involved at Martha Elementary, Pea Ridge United Methodist Preschool, Fifth Avenue Baptist Preschool, Southside Elementary, and St. Joe Elementary where they dressed up as their favorite super hero and collected cans for the hungry.
Employees at local business like H&R Block, Jenkins Fenstermaker, Alcon, United Bank, Huddleston Bolen, Playmates Childcare Centers, Ramsey Insurance Agency, Huntington Museum of Art, Serendipity Cupcakes, St. Mary’s Hospital, Bulldog Creative Services, Cabell County Courthouse, HIT Center, and Cabell County Library also generously collected donations.
A fundraiser was held at the Bob Evans Restaurant in Kinetic Park, Huntington where a percentage of sales was donated to the Soup Drive when diners presented a flyer at checkout. The Food bank was able to provide eight meals for every dollar donated so each bit goes a long way towards feeding the hungry.
The Junior League held a booth at the Huntington Invitational where the Soup Drive was promoted and cans were collected. Huntington Prep also collected cans of soup during their basketball games.
Our Facebook page, “Be a Huntington SOUP-er Hero” received nearly 500 likes, and public service announcements went out on the radio.
The goal was to collect 10,000 cans of soup. Members donated over 160 hours to the project. Their collective effort resulted in a tremendous impact. Thanks to generous donations, outstanding community support, and with the help of a fantastic committee, the Food bank received over 25,000 cans of soup.
P..O. BOX 4123 - HUNTINGTON, WV 25729-4123 jlOFHUNTINGTON@GMAIL.COM (c) 2017 Junior League of Huntington