Hungry Win in Gate City Soup Bowl XVI
When Guilford hosts crosstown rival Greensboro College in the 16th annual Gate City Soup Bowl on Sept. 1, there’s more on the line than a football game. The two schools are also competing in a canned food drive.
Fans who bring at least two nonperishable food items receive free admission to the 7 p.m. game. The school with the most donations receives bragging rights and a small ‘Soup Cup’ trophy.
Greensboro Urban Ministry will distribute the donated food throughout the Triad, where the need is high. The Food Research and Action Center ranked Greensboro-High Point fourth of 100 metropolitan areas for food hardship in 2010-11.
Teams in Guilford’s athletics department will compete amongst themselves to see which squad has the highest participation rate. Chelsey Wilson and Helen Mandalinic, Guilford’s Hunger Fellows in the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning, lead the school’s overall efforts, including a door-to-door solicitation scheduled for Aug. 30. Individuals may also donate at marked boxes across campus.
Guilford and Greensboro combined to donate 9,774 items last year. Guilford students collected 6,398 cans, including over 1,100 from the Quakers’ football team alone. Since 1997 the two schools have gathered over 50,000 items for the benefit of local charities.