Now in its 16th year, the annual fundraiser offers attendees the opportunity to sample more than 30 types of soups donated by more than 25 Grand Rapids-area restaurants. The event benefits God’s Kitchen, a CCWM Community Outreach program that provides free meal programs to the poor and disabled and a food pantry to those in need.
Attendees will be able to select one of more than 1,500 hand-painted bowls donated by dozens of youth groups, churches, businesses and other organizations to take home as a visual reminder that there are those among us who go hungry each day. This year CCWM will showcase more than 800 handmade soup bowls donated by Potters for the Hungry, a West Michigan artists’ collaborative that created a Top 100 ArtPrize entry dedicated to building awareness of – and support for – God’s Kitchen. Some of these bowls will be for sale during the event.
“A warm meal and a kind word on a cold day can change a life,” said Terry Walsh, president and CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan. “We see this proven every day at God’s Kitchen, which last year served more than 152,000 meals to those in need.
“That need continues to increase – and we need the community’s help to continue to provide meals for the most vulnerable in our community. Soup’s On For All! is a mindful way of raising awareness of the food insecurity that exists in our community. Please join us on Jan. 27 and do your part to help us fill plates for the rest of the year.”
More than 150 community, media and celebrity volunteers will be on hand to ladle out soup at 15+ stations scattered throughout the four floors of The B.O.B.
Sponsors of the event include Panera Bread, Gordon Food Service, The Gilmore Collection, Exhibit Designs Consultants, Creative Displays and Marketing and Mike and Sue Jandernoa. Media sponsors include MLive, Cumulus Media, CBS Outdoor and WOOD TV8.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by some of West Michigan’s favorite musical groups: The Addams Family, Roger MacNaughton Quartet, Rock Shop and Blue Water Ramblers. Additionally, the Messiah Missionary Baptist Choir will perform at the close of the evening.
Last year, more than 1,200 people gathered for Soup’s On, raising more than $100,000 to benefit God’s Kitchen, which provides a daily hot lunch to those in need. CCWM also provides seven meals each week to approximately 200 disabled residents around Grand Rapids through its Home Delivered Meals program. Additionally, the organization provides ready-to-serve meals through area churches, each week serving 100+ people through its suburban outreach ministry.
CCWM’s Community Outreach programs are almost 100 percent donor funded and rely heavily on charity partners and businesses, grants, in-kind contributions and other type of financial support.
Tickets for Soup’s On For All! are $50 in advance and are available at Michigan Church Supply, both Schuler Books & Music locations in Grand Rapids and online at www.ccwestmi.org/
For more information, visit www.ccwestmi.org/
About Catholic Charities West Michigan
For nearly seven decades, Catholic Charities West Michigan has been feeding the hungry, counseling those who struggle and building strong families. Through a broad spectrum of social service programs focused on the needs of children and families, CCWM serves residents of 11 counties in West Michigan. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, CCWM has more than 265 employees who work from nine locations and last year touched the lives of more than 24,000 individuals from Ludington to Ionia and points in between. For more information, visit www.ccwestmi.org.