On Sunday, Feb. 3, 140 million Americans will tune in to the Super Bowl football game. There will be parties with abundant food, friendship and fellowship. At the same time, there will be people worrying about staying warm, finding shelter and a warm meal. Many people have never had to wonder where their next meal is coming from. But for more than 49 million Americans (one in six adults and one in four children) it is a very real concern.

In 1990, a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world began. The idea was to use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy. Since the “Souper Bowl of Caring” began, youth across the nation have generated $91 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities across the country.

Locally, the Scott County Youth Grantmaking Council is participating in this campaign for the fourth year. Last year’s collection brought 513 items and $40 for the Scott County Clearinghouse, and the youth would like to smash that record this year! The Clearinghouse is especially in need of peanut butter, toilet paper, bar soap, macaroni and cheese, and cereal.

You may give items to any member of the YGC or its Community Service committee, including: Carmen Boley, Brandon Boswell, Lindsey Boswell, Sera Craig, Josiah Croasdell, Hannah Dickerson, Elle Fleenor, Justice Gabbard, Braden Hale, Koby Hawkins, Alexa Howser, Evan Howser, Lauren Howser, Ally Ingalls, Kevin Jentzen, Eliza Mount, Isaak Mount, Kaleb Mount, Haley Mullins, Izzy Myszak, Minwoo Noh, Caity Rice, Jordan Shuler, Eva Snowden, Mandy Snowden, Braxton Soloe, Hunter Steinkamp, Luke Taylor, Jordan Thomas, Lauren Turner, Emma Waskom, Caleb White or Tyler White.

In addition, all schools and other youth organizations are invited to participate with your own group to raise dollars and food for the Scott County Clearinghouse. Details can be found at www.tacklehunger.org.

If you would like to donate a canned good item or money for this project, you may drop off items at the Scott County Community Foundation office, 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. Youth will be accepting donations through Thursday, Feb. 7. If you have any questions, please call 752-2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org.