Ten years ago, members of Heritage Baptist Church opened the doors to the community for a ‘donation only’ soup & salad lunch to raise funds for the Light House Shelter, thinking a tie-in between soup and the NFL playoff game would garner attention and help this struggling community cause. One decade later, much has changed for the shelter and the community, but the tradition continues.
Sunday, February 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Heritage Baptist will host the 10th Annual SOUPer Bowl Lunch for the Light House Shelter. Students from the Light House BEST Culinary Arts job training program will ladle soups prepared by award-winning Chef Zachary Pope of Blackwall Hitch. Menu soups include Chicken Noodle, Baked Potato and Chili. Guests will also enjoy salad, fresh rolls and dessert.
“The Light House story is one of community engagement,” said Elizabeth Kinney, executive director of the Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center. “So many people come together to make sure those most in need among us have the support and opportunity to change their lives for the better. The SOUPer Bowl at Heritage Baptist has always felt just like that, the Heritage community coming together to support the Light House and all our clients in a way that makes everyone feel good about the work. Heritage Baptist Soup for the Soul! We are so grateful for their continuing efforts to care for the people we serve.”
The public is invited and admission is free, but donations are requested to benefit the Light House Shelter for the Homeless. Since it began in 2007, the annual SOUPer Bowl has raised thousands of dollars for the shelter.
“I have been making SOUPer Bowl soups for 10 years now and still look forward to it every year,” said Chef Zachary Pope, one of the founding organizers of this event. “It is gratifying to participate in such a grass-roots effort and see so many members of the community stop in year after year to enjoy soup, reconnect and help out.”
Heritage Baptist is an affiliate congregational partner of the shelter, offering support and resources throughout the year. For more information, contact the church office at 410-263-6680, or see the church web site at www.heritagebaptistannapolis.org