Catholic Charities Adult Day Services hosted its annual soup drive Nov. 1-16.
This is the first year the drive was also a competition between rooms at Adult Day Services, which provides day care for adults with disabilities and seniors.
Together the rooms collected 24 cases of soup, totaling 584 cans for the Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, also a program of Catholic Charities.
Program Coordinator KC Wakefield said the collaboration benefits the clients.
“It’s good for our clients to give back,” she said. “The community is very generous to our program during the holiday season, so this provides our clients an opportunity to give back and help another program.”
Wakefield said Adult Day Services collected soup because it is one of the items Our Daily Bread Food Pantry needs most. It is also easy to store and has a longer shelf life.
Matt Tannehill, director of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry, said the pantry is able to ensure people seeking assistance are receiving as healthy meals as possible by providing lower-sodium soups. Clients also use cream of chicken and cream of mushroom with other food items to make more wholesome meals such as casseroles, he said.
“Soups are also a great meal supplement for when individuals and families are suffering a loss of affordable foods,” Tannehill said.
Fourteen percent of families in Sedgwick County suffer food insecurity, he said, adding that Adult Day Services is an example of a community organization continuing to be a strong foundation for those suffering from it.
“When we look inward to see what we are able to do for one another and act upon our hearts calling to help, the results and positive outcomes are truly amazing.”