COLUMBUS, Ga. – As the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, WRBL News 3, Feeding the Valley Food Bank and our community partners are teaming up during the week of “The Big Game” for the station’s 1st Souper Bowl of Caring food drive campaign.

The series of drive-through, drop-off, donation drives will kick off on Wednesday, February 3rd from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Zelmo’s Zip In located at 6600 Flat Rock Road in Midland, GA, just off the J.R. Allen Parkway on Columbus’ northside. A no-contact donation tent and bins will be set up outside the store for donors to pull up and make a monetary or food item donation.

According to the organization’s website, Souper Bowl of Caring is a youth-inspired movement working across the nation to tackle hunger in local communities.

Mobilizing grassroots resources including churches, schools, civic groups and caring individuals, the Souper Bowl of Caring movement has created over $160 million worth of support that stays completely local since it began in 1990. In 2020, thousands of groups collected over $10.6 million in dollars and food donations for hunger-relief charities across the country. Souper Bowl of Caring created over $30 for each dollar donated to directly to the organization for the implementation of the campaign. 

Here is a list of items you can consider donating:

  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruits
  • Microwavable meals (pasta, beef stew, macaroni and cheese)
  • Canned soups
  • Healthy juice boxes
  • Granola, fruit bars
  • Breakfast or cereal bars

Monetary donations can also be made online through the Feeding the Valley Food Bank’s Donation page located here.

Here is the current list of locations and sponsors for the campaign:

Wednesday, February 3rd

11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST

Location: Zelmo’s at Flat Rock – 6600 Flat Rock Rd, Midland, GA 31909

Beneficiary: Feeding the Valley

Sponsors: Ken Nugent and Zelmo’s

Thursday, February 4th

11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST

Location: Cascade Hills Church – 727 54th St, Columbus, GA 31904

Beneficiary: Feeding the Valley

Sponsors: Ken Nugent and Cascade Hills Church

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