Souper Bowl of Caring: 700,000 meals and counting

The Souper Bowl of Caring Central Texas chapter has raised almost 750,000 meals for needy families this year.  The community giving campaign will be running through the start of February.

Event organizers still have a way to go toward their 2 million meal goal.

FOX 7 is proud to partner with the Super Bowl of Caring.  Together we tackle hunger head on in Central Texas.

"As Central Texans do their gameday shopping, I encourage them to pick up a bag or make a cash donation to help people who are hungry," said Clara Cooper, President and CEO of Souper Bowl of Caring. "We can't predict which team will be the champion on the field, but we know local charities can win big if everyone gives."

Here in Central Texas, Souper Bowl of Caring estimates nearly 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 4 children are hungry.

The Capital Area Food Bank serves 48,000 people a week. 20,000 of them are children. 82 percent of the people they help are not homeless but considered the working poor. People are struggling, which is where this campaign comes in to play.

Here's how the Souper Bowl of Caring in Austin works.

First, go to their website and register.

Next, form a team then, get a game plan.

"They decide which charity they want to support. They go out and collect money. They go out or can goods for that charity and donate to that charity," Cooper says.

You could even donate to a food pantry or a church.

Cooper says the main goal is simply to help. "We want people to move beyond themselves and realize hunger is real. 56 million people who are struggling, that's a lot of people who need food."

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