On Sunday, Feb. 11, over 100 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 38 million Americans (including 12 million children) it is a very real concern. The pandemic has increased food insecurity, and rural communities especially have been hit hard.

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 those in need. Since the “Souper Bowl of Caring” began, youth across the nation have generated over $170 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 15th year. Last year’s collection brought several hundred items for the Scott County Clearinghouse. The Clearinghouse is especially in need of hygiene items (bar soap, shampoo and toilet paper), as well as packages sides such as mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, stuffing, etc., but all non-perishable items are appreciated.

You may give items or monetary donations to any member of the YGC, or drop off items at the Scott County Community Foundation office, 60 N. Main St., Scottsburg. Youth will be accepting donations through Friday, Feb. 2 at noon. Other drop-off locations include Scottsburg First Christian Church, 255 W. McClain Ave.

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 have any questions, please call 752-2057 or email info@scottcountyfoundation.org.