Souper Bowl 2017 Champions:  Amazing Grace Spiritual Center, Seattle WA

Centers for Spiritual Living and other Faith communities around the country team up to BEAT HUNGER!

Check back for details and promotional materials including posters and flyers for download, on Friday, Dec 23!

This is a fun, friendly and successful competition to benefit our neighbors in need by collecting and donating as many cans of soup and stew as possible between Mid-January and Super Bowl Sunday. It all started in 2014 when Center for Spiritual Living Seattle and Mile High Church (whose NFL teams the Seahawks and Broncos were squaring off in Super Bowl 48) teamed up for some friendly competition. To date, over 24,000 cans of food have been collectively donated to local food banks! Seattle-area CSLs Amazing Grace, Genesis and CSL Seattle are already planning for another fun effort from Jan 15 – Feb 5, 2017 and invite you to join together with us for this “Souper Opportunity” to BEAT HUNGER in our communities.

We would welcome your participation and are happy to share our experiences and some ideas and tools we’ve developed that might help you plan and succeed. Those tools include some outreach templates we developed and are happy to let you adapt and use, a “standings page” and a summary outline of how we’ve done this to help you come up with your own plan!

Please join us in the fight to BEAT Hunger and if you would like, our friendly “donations per capita” competition. Let’s treat and move our feet together to love and help our neighbors and to create the better world we all want and deserve!

If you need assistance, contact CSL Seattle Volunteer Team Leader Tim Brincefield ( or 206-245-7006) or CSL Seattle Operations Manager Rev. Patric A. Creelman, RScP  (

Blessings and all the best, Reverend Kathianne Lewis, Spiritual Director, Center for Spiritual Living Seattle Reverends Eric O’del & Colette Mercier, Amazing Grace Spiritual Center Reverend Gayle Dillon, Spiritual Director, Genesis Global Spiritual Center

“Souper Bowl” Background and Fun Facts:

2014 “Souper Bowl I” to BEAT HUNGER Results: Teams: CSL Seattle and Denver’s Mile Hi Church (whose NFL Teams the Seahawks and Broncos were squaring off in Super Bowl 48) Results: Over 11,000 cans were donated to local food banks by the two congregations. Winner: The friendly competition was declared a tie and a HUGE WIN in the effort to love our neighbors and BEAT Hunger!

2015 “Souper Bowl II” to BEAT HUNGER Results: Teams: CSL Seattle, Amazing Grace Spiritual Center, and Genesis Global Spiritual Center Results: Over 6,400 cans donated Winner: Amazing Grace was declared the Per Capita Souper Bowl Champions!

2016 “Souper Bowl III” to BEAT HUNGER Results: Teams: Amazing Grace and CSL Seattle Results: Over 6,000 cans of Soup and Stew donated  Winner: Amazing Grace were once again the Per Capita Souper Bowl Champions!
The real winners of course are the people who are served by the Ballard and University Food Banks, who benefited from the 6,000 cans of food donated. Together we achieved our goals of joining together to BEAT HUNGER and of showing as much support for our neighbors as we do for our sports teams.

How We’ve Done This – Ideas for Your Consideration:

As mentioned, this started as a friendly competition between CSL Seattle and the Denver Mile Hi Church when our City’s Teams were facing off in the 2014 Super Bowl as a way to show as much support for our neighbors as we do for our sports teams. It’s continued as a friendly competition among local churches. We think it would be fun to continue the friendly “per capita competition” (total number of cans divided by average attendance) and will compile “standings” if you choose to send us results, but the real goal is to enlist everyone we can in the effort to help our neighbors in need.

  • Tell us you’re in so we can add you to the “National Foodbank League” webpage!
  • Recruit your Souper Bowl Team (for publicity, collecting, counting cans)
  •  Contact a local food bank or other recipient of your choice to get them on board – ours helps with outreach and picks up the donations
  • Plan the dates: we’re planning Kickoff for Sunday 1/15/17 and final collection/tallies Sunday 2/5/17, the other NFL’s Super Bowl Sunday
  • Publicity: we use our Website and Social Media, we hand out flyers with what to bring and the dates, send emails to the congregation, and post signs and collection bins around the building (feel free to use/adapt our sample posters). Ask your food bank if they can help. This year we’re also reaching out to our local NFL team to try to get them to help – enthusiasm for the Seattle Seahawks is high in our congregation, so we’ve made the most of that support to encourage congregants to support those in need in our community with the same enthusiasm.
  • We encouraged people to donate at whatever level they can afford – be it one can, a dozen, a case, or whatever. Some congregants watch the stores for sales, some go to Costco and bring back one or more flats, and others went online to Amazon and had one or more cases delivered.
  • Since the Seattle Seahawks call fans “12s,” one of our slogans was “Be a 12 for the Hungry and donate 12 cans (or cases) of soup/stew to feed the hungry.”
  • Members of our Team are stationed by the can collection points to greet, encourage and thank donors.
  • We collect and display the cans in our lobby until the final Sunday. Each week throughout the drive we do a count, announce our goals and how many we’ve collected so far – it seems to help build enthusiasm.

We look forward to partnering with you to BEAT HUNGER!

Soup-er Bowl 2017 Stats:

Souper Bowl 2017 Champions:  Amazing Grace Spiritual Center, Seattle WA
2017 Souper Bowl Standings                   Per Capita “Score” Average Attendance Total Cans As of Super Bowl Sunday 2/5
National Conference
* CSL-Corona 14.4 12 173
Center for Joyful Living Delaware 6.7 30 200
CSL-Jacksonville 5.8 29 167
CSL-Temecula Valley 5.5 150 826
CSL San Jose 4.6 380 1739
CSL-Santa Rosa 1.9 902 1734
Seahawks Conference
#* Amazing Grace Spiritual Center 29.7 115 3420
CSL-Seattle 14.4 454 6550
Genesis Global Spiritual Center 11.9 75 890
Grand Total Donations Reported  15,699
* Conference Champion
# Soup-er Bowl Champions

Materials for Download:

Facebook Cover Image:


Posters and Flyers:

Souper Bowl Posters 24×36 pdf

Souper Bowl Posters 11×17 pdf

Super Bowl Poster 11×17 word.doc

Souper Bowl 2-Up Flyers pdf

Souper Bowl 2-Up Flyers word.doc

Posters and flyers are designed with space for you to add your community’s information at the bottom.