Valley Super Bowl Sunday soup sales help good causes


The weekend forecast calls for low temperatures and a chance of snow, the perfect weather to warm up with soup.

Two Valley churches plan Super Bowl Sunday soup sales to benefit good causes.

The Sunday school class at Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church, 3919 Southern Blvd., Youngstown, will host a fundraiser from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in the social hall. Homemade chicken noodle soup (all you can eat) combined with a slice of pie will be the ticket to a happy tummy. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Sue Moran, Sunday school teacher, said her class of six students ranging from fifth- through ninth-grade came up with a project for Souper Bowl of Caring and thought a soup fundraiser fit the bill. The Souper Bowl of Caring involves youth-led projects to benefit good causes.

Moran said the class asked Paula Barany, who volunteers to cook at the church, to make the soup. They also asked members to donate pies and rolls.

Barany is friends with and a neighbor of JoAnne and Bill Nagy, custodians at Pleasant Grove, and that’s how she came to cook there. She attends Good Hope Lutheran in Boardman but believes her cooking at Pleasant Grove is “being a good church neighbor.”

Barany said she will make about 12 gallons of chicken noodle soup, an adaptation of her grandmother’s recipe. About 9 pounds of homemade noodles of flour, egg and salt, in addition to 10 pounds of chicken and vegetables such as carrots, will flavor the soup. “I always liked to cook and loved being in the kitchen with my grandma,” Barany said.

Moran said a visit to Rescue Mission of Mahoning Valley, participation in Be a Santa for a Senior and research on bullying brought the Sunday School class to donate to Potential Development Program, which serves children with developmental delays and autism. “They were affected by participation in various programs and wanted to help people,” Moran said.

Christ Church, 1933 Canfield Road, Youngstown, plans to capitalize on the convenience of a drive-through sale for customers and congregants. Chili and tortilla soup will be sold from 2 to 4 p.m. Pre-orders have been taken, but soup also will be available by the quart for $6.50 while quantities last.

Jennifer Baun, chairwoman, said the drive-through soup sale is the second such effort on Super Bowl Sunday. “We were famous for a pork and sauerkraut dinner but we haven’t had it for a while,” she said. “The soup project is kind of getting us back into that.”

Baun said since chili is often a staple at football parties, that was an obvious choice. The tortilla soup, a bit different, is one of Baun’s favorites but is popping up on various menus. She created caricatures to advertise the choices — a chili pepper guy with a bandolero and a tortilla chip with a sombrero.

Funds from the sale will benefit church missions, Baun said. Those include a community breakfast and a mentoring and tutoring afterschool program at Kirkmere Elementary School.

Baun said the drive-through is “convenient for customers,” and church members have minimal cleanup.

The 2013 Confirmation Class at Blessed Sacrament Church, 3020 Reeves Road, Warren, will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Sunday in Reagan Hall. The annual event is a tradition at the church, said Brooke Steines, coordinator for youth ministry. The class of 36, their parents and sponsors will host the breakfast.

For the Souper Bowl of Caring, the youth ministry will collect money after Masses with proceeds going to St. Vincent de Paul Society. Steines said the society then stocks the church food pantry so it can fill requests for food.

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