Saturday, February 15, 2014
For many of us, Super Bowl Sunday is about watching great football and eating delicious, crowd-pleasing foods. But while many of we kick back and enjoy the game, someone in our community might be worrying about where his or her next meal is going to come from. They might be thinking about how hard it is to stand at the stove or about not being able to drive to the grocery store anymore.
Using the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize people to fight hunger, the “Souper Bowl of Caring” is a national effort that encourages communities to support their local charities that work hard to make sure people don’t have to know what hunger feels like.
This year, South Carolina Bank and Trust, Mount Pleasant Branch, teamed up with East Cooper Meals on Wheels for the Souper Bowl of Caring. The SCBT branch, located at 1032 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., promoted the Souper Bowl of Caring during the month of January and collected 106 pounds of non-perishable food and raised over $300 in cash, which translates into 216 meals for the recipients of East Cooper Meals on Wheels.
About East Cooper Meals on Wheels
East Cooper Meals on Wheels delivers daily nutrition to residents of any income level in Mount Pleasant, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Daniel Island, Cainhoy and Wando, who are homebound or unable to provide their own meals. We also advocate on behalf of recipients whose needs exceed the scope of our programs. Our mission extends beyond the poor elderly to include anyone of any age who is homebound for any length of time and/or unable to independently provide a meal. Most of our recipients are over 60 years of age and 74% of our recipients live at or below the poverty line. Each meal we deliver provides 33% of the Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for a recipient, with one midday meal being delivered daily to each recipient. Our most needy and isolated recipients rely on us for 66% of their DRI through the delivery of a second daily meal.