Soup-er fundraising event to help Caritas food pantry

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BDN file photo Visitors to a previous Empty Bowl event enjoyed a selection of delicious soup. The fundraiser for Caritas is set for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Beloit Memorial High School.

BELOIT - The soup's on, don't miss it.

That's what Caritas Executive Director Max Dodson said about the upcoming Empty Bowl fundraiser.

Dodson is hoping the event will be bigger and better than before. The goal is to raise $8,000.

"We do this event to remind people that the need is always with us," Dodson said.

Caritas will be hosting its Empty Bowl fundraiser from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at Beloit Memorial High School, 1225 Fourth St. The seven soups will be prepared fresh by local restaurants.

Soup for adults costs $10 and $5 for kids age 12 and under. Soup tickets along with raffle tickets can be bought at Caritas or Austin's Barber Shop, 316 State St., on the day of the event. Price includes soup, bread and beverage.

Dodson said 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the food pantry at Caritas.

Empty Bowl is a nationwide project to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity. As part of the campaign many non-profit organizations around the world host fundraisers.

Dodson said Caritas is serving 700 more people a month than in the previous year.

"We are meeting our neighbors' needs and that puts a certain amount of stress on our budget because of the unanticipated increase," Dodson said.

Dodson said Caritas continues to have success with its grocery store model which allows neighbors to make their own choices about available foods. The UW-Extension is using the service format and layout as a recommended model to other pantries.

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