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This edition features Zoup!, which is a leading fast-casual soup concept restaurant that is defining the category with its premium and proprietary soups and other recipes.

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The first Zoup! in New Jersey opened in Franklin Township late last summer, and during its first week partnered with Sweet Reads to help fight illiteracy. This month they are fighting childhood hunger with a company initiative supporting the “No Kid Hungry” campaign.

“Each store's goal is to raise $1,000, Charmayne Fleming, franchise owner said. “Our store has received over $300 within the first few days. New Jersey customers are generous.  It is important to note that 100 percent of all donations go to "No Kid Hungry."

Throughout January, Zoup! guests who donate $2 or more to No Kid Hungry, either online or in-store, will receive a coupon for a complimentary 8 oz. side of soup redeemable on their next visit.

No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit that is ending child hunger by breaking down barriers and connecting children in need to programs that offer nutritious food, teaching low-income families how to prepare affordable healthy meals and educating the public about the nationwide child hunger crisis.

Clinton and his wife Charmayne opened Zoup! of Somerset last year Aug. 10. Clinton, a graduate of Pratt Institute (NY) has worked over 35 years in engineering; Charmayne is from New Orleans and has worked here in New Jersey as an Administrative Assistant for UMDNJ, Johnson & Johnson and HIP over the past 20 years. 

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At Zoup!, we offer hundreds of award-winning soups with 12 always-rotating daily varieties, including soups that are low-fat, vegetarian, dairy-free, spicy and made with gluten-free ingredients - each served with a hunk of freshly baked bread. 

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Our menu also features a distinctive array of made-to-order salads and sandwiches. Customer top picks include Chicken Potpie, Lobster Bisque and Loaded Baked Potato, but you can find your own favorite by sampling our soups before you order. 

Zoup! in Somerset is located at 120 Cedar Grove Lane. Hours are Monday thru Friday 11:00 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. and Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. For more information, call 732-867-7272 or visit zoup.com.