DEXTER—For the first time, St. Anne Church in Dexter, St. Agnes Church in Pittsfield and St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dover-Foxcroft participated in the annual Souper Bowl of Caring on the weekend of Feb. 2.
The national event promotes service and is observed in many churches of several denominations around the state. All of the monetary and food donations collected are given to local charities. In their first Souper Bowl of Caring, members of the churches’ youth ministry groups in Dexter, Pittsfield and Dover-Foxcroft collected nearly $1,500.
“I want to thank all who were so generous with their donations, and the youth for participating in this project,” said the Rev. Joseph Cahill, pastor of all three churches, in a Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland press release. “All of the proceeds [from these three churches] will be given to Our Lady’s Kitchen.”
Our Lady’s Kitchen is an all-volunteer effort that serves free meals in the parish hall of St. Anne Church. The program, which began in May 2008, serves free Sunday meals to anyone who stops by, regardless of age, race, gender or faith. Annually, the kitchen serves nearly 5,000 meals. Much of the food is donated by parish and community members, including food grown in their own gardens.
Many other parishes in the Diocese of Portland participated in this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring. Since its inception in 1990, churches across America have raised over $90 million for soup kitchens, food pantries and other charities through the event.