More than 49.1 million Americans, including 16.7 million children, suffer from hunger. Souper Bowl of Caring believes that youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but can also be the leaders of today. In February, we participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring, a national youth effort to raise money and food for local pantries in conjunction with the Super Bowl football game. For the past 16 years, FPC Middle schoolers tackle the challenge by providing promotional material and energy to raise money for the hungry. In 2011, the middle school youth helped us to raise $416 and collect 225 food items for the Dubuque Food Pantry.
Nationally, over 11,666 groups raised $9,400,033 for local food efforts. Thanks be to God!
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God's love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Volunteers fill shoe boxes with gifts children can use.
In November, over 50 FPC volunteers participated in the Operation Christmas Child project. Thanks to all who helped fill shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene products, clothing, and notes that will bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world.
Our goal to fill 15 boxes was easily surpassed! All together our church family and friends filled 39 boxes! Our boxes were delivered to children in India.