Teens at several parishes in the Finger Lakes region raised several thousand dollars and collected hundreds of nonperishable food items during the annual Souper Bowl of Caring, which was held the weekend of Jan. 31- Feb. 1.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is a national ecumenical effort, held each year during the same weekend as the Super Bowl. Participating youths usually stand outside their places of worship, often with large soup kettles, and collect money and nonperishable food items for the needy in their communities.
* Young people at Holy Cross Parish in Ovid and St. Francis Solanus Parish in Interlaken collected $284 and 391 pounds of food for the Ovid Ecumenical Food Pantry.
* Teens at the parish cluster of St. Michael in Lyons, St. John the Evangelist in Clyde and St. Patrick in Savannah collected 273 cans of soup and $291.05 for local food cupboards.
* Young people at the parish cluster of St. Dominic in Shortsville, St. Felix in Clifton Springs and St. Francis in Phelps collected a combined total of $1,363.72 for local food cupboards.
* Youth-group members from Good Shepherd Catholic Community in southern Cayuga County raised $405.31 and collected 99 food items for area food pantries, a soup kitchen and a local family in need.