Local charity adapts, continues fight against hunger in Wabash Valley

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — For the past 10 years, the Soup Bowl Benefit hosted by Catholic Charities of Terre Haute was an in-person event that created awareness toward an ongoing food insecurity issue within the area.

Year 11 will now require those wanting to participate to purchase soup passports to use at their own disposal.

These changes were made after evaluating the traditional format in today’s circumstances.

“For obvious reasons, having 250 people in one space at a time wouldn’t be the smart thing to do,” Assistant Agency Director for Catholic Charities Jennifer Buelle said.

Each soup passport contains individual coupons for one free cup of soup to different restaurants within Terre Haute and for $5 more, a handcrafted soup bowl made by one of numerous local crafters will be included in the order.

Local restaurants participating are: Edible’s Catering & Food To-go, Oy Vey Jewish Bakery and Delicatessen, Royal Mandarin Express, The Saratoga, Piloni’s Italian Restaurant, Stables Steakhouse, Grand Traverse Pie Company, Dawg Leg Restaurant, Baesler’s Market, Cackleberries and J. Ford’s Black Angus.

“Thankfully, all of those businesses and individuals have been so supportive of this event from the very beginning. In a lot of ways it’s a blessing to this event to be on the organizing committee and to reach out to these individuals year after year who are so happy to participate in,” Buelle said.

This event brings much needed attention to two separate issues within the Valley, restaurants and people who have had their futures altered by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Buelle said that according to Feeding of America, the previous number of 38,000 within our community facing food insecurity has jumped to 48,000 due to the pandemic.

Orders for items can be picked up on Feb. 6, at the Maryland Community Church from 2-4 p.m.

To secure your soup passport, visit Catholic Charities of Terre Haute.

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