Feeding the Hungry
Food. It is one of a human’s basic needs. No matter who you are or where you come from — white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist — we all need food. No one can go without it. Yet, many in the world go hungry. And, believe it or not, many in Tuscaloosa go hungry.
The Community Soup Bowl located in the heart of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, provides a warm inviting atmosphere by opening our doors seven days a week to welcome and feed the hungry. We offer a hot lunch to those who are hungry: white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Indian, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Atheist.
The number of hungry men, women and children in our community and surrounding areas continues to swell despite widespread efforts to feed the hungry. Growing numbers of working poor and persistent unemployment are issues that make the mission of the Community Soup Bowl more important each day. Approximately $2.43 is spent to provide each plate. We served 62,395 plates in the year 2014, and served more than 67,000 plates in the year 2015. In the first quarter of 2016, the Soup Bowl has served over 16,000 plates.
These numbers only reflect plates that are served Monday through Friday. Weekend volunteer groups come together to feed even more on the weekends. The Soup Bowl is partially funded by donations from the five founding churches: First African Baptist, First Baptist Church, Christ Episcopal Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First United Methodist Church. Support from other churches, community groups, business, private grants, and individuals is vital to continue the efforts to feed the hungry in Tuscaloosa.
Jesus told us that when we feed the hungry and take care of the least of these, we are serving Him (Matthew 25:31-40). The Community Soup Bowl is a Christian based registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and contributions are tax deductible. We are asking you to join with the hundreds of volunteers who give their time and financial resources every week to feed the hungry. Please consider financially supporting this wonderful ministry — a contribution of $650 would cover the cost of feeding the hungry for a day. Your generous donation will go directly toward providing a nutritious meal to relieve hunger in Tuscaloosa.
We seek to offer volunteer opportunities for the Christian community of Tuscaloosa as they act as the hands and feet of Christ.