SUMMIT, NJ - Teamwork and commitment are two reasons why New England and Philadelphia have reached Super Bowl LII, and that same level of dedication to work together will be on display before the pigskin is kicked into the air this coming Sunday when several Summit organizations partner together and collaborate to host 'The Souper Bowl of Caring', a series of events and activities uniting Hilltop City youth and families working together to fight hunger and poverty in their communities.

Folks of all ages and local businesses are linking up to benefit Giving and Receiving Assistance for Our Community's Essentials (GRACE) Refrigerator project, Summit Helping Its People (SHIP), Family Promise, Bridges Outreach, and SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels pantry.

Community members can participate one or all of the following events sponsored by Central Presbyerian Church, The Connection, The Summit Area YMCA, and the Interfaith Council:

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Tackling Hunger Together - Friday, February 2, from 7 - 9 p.m. at The Connection.

Students in 6th grade and up are welcome, with participants packing lunches and hygiene kits, tying blankets, and writing notes for homeless children and families. The activity provides is a true opportunity for youth to learn what they can do to help the less fortunate and the greater community. No pre-registration necessary.

Proceeds Nights at Local Restaurants - January 31, February 1 and February 7

Local restaurants -- including The Offiice Tavern Grill (January 31), California Pizza Kitchen (February 1), and Piattino: A Neighborhood Bistro (February 7) -- will donate a portion of proceeds to the fight to help end hunger.

Food Collections at The Connection, The Summit YMCA, and Local Congregations

Collections will benefit SAGE Eldercare’s Meals on Wheels Pantry. Needed shelf-stable items include:

  • Low sodium soups (preferably with easy to pull tabs)
  • Tuna fish and small jars of peanut butter
  • Individual packets of peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers and plain crackers
  • Granola bars and protein bars
  • Fruit cups (no sugar)
  • Oatmeal packets (plain flavor)

For more details -- including how to volunteer -- regarding Summit's 'Souper Bowl of Caring', contact Lauren Nisenson at lauren.nisenson@theconnectiononline.org.