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Local Teens Help Hungry On Souper Bowl Sunday

Young people came together to help the hungry over Super Bowl weekend.

Photo Credit: Kathy Tureski
Photo Credit: Kathy Tureski
On Super Bowl Sunday, thousands of Americans stock up on snack foods and get ready for the big game. But some dedicated kids at Westhampton Presbyterian Church devoted the weekend to helping the hungry in America and giving back.

The church's high school youth group, led by East Quogue resident Kathy Tureski, participated in the Souper Bowl Mission Project, taking part in a Bowl-a-thon at the All Star in Riverhead.

Kids who participated included Daniel and Leland Qua, Alex and Owen Williams, Taylor and Griffin Wagner, Grant Frevert and Peter Sulzinski. 

Other activities included a children's message, focused on helping those who don't have enough food, even in America, where so many enjoy stocked pantries and full shopping carts.

During the message, Daniel and Leland performed a skit, and Owen spoke to the children about the Souper Bowl of Caring program; the teens gathered donations through a collection.

In addition, the kids collected 131 cans of food and $794 to date in donations; other donations are still coming in. 

The Souper Bowl of Caring was started by, and is led by, young people across the United States to fight hunger.

Last year, almost $10 million worth of food and funding was collected to help people in need.  

According to the Souper Bowl of Caring website, during the weeks leading up to or on Super Bowl Sunday, young people take up a collection — many use a soup pot — asking for one dollar or one item of food for people in need. They give 100 percent of their donations directly to the local hunger-relief charity of their choice.

In 2012, more than 10,000 groups collected more than $9.8 million in dollars and food for local hunger-relief charities; over $90 million has been garnered since the movement began in 1990, the site explained.

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