Souper Bowl of Caring is dedicated to tackling all of the issues that exist in your communities, including poverty, hunger and homelessness.

Did you know?

- 48 million Americans live in poverty

- 1 in 7 Americans face hunger every day

- More than 630,000 people in the United States are homeless

- 23% of those struggling went to college

- Or that 16 million children live in food insecure households

Each year, around the time of the Super Bowl football game, Souper Bowl of Caring mobilizes youth to collect dollars and cans for hunger-relief organizations in their local communities. Here in Central Texas, 100 percent of the money they collect goes directly to the Central Texas Food Bank.

This year, the annual drive has a goal of providing 3 million meals for the hungry. Now though Feb. 4 you can purchase a prepackaged bag of food or give a cash donation at an area H-E-B, Central Market or Randalls. The donations help to fill the food bank's shelves after the holiday season when giving tends to slow.

"This campaign comes at a really crucial time and allows us to restock our shelves with our most needed items," Central Texas Food Bank Community Engagement Director Felicia Pena said. "We do see a really big increase in requests during the holidays and this is a really big help to allow us to restock our shelves."

The Central Texas Food Bank serves nearly 46,000 Texans across 21 counties.

You can help end hunger in Central Texas. Visit the Souper Bowl of Caring display at your area H-E-B, Central Market and Randall's stores, or volunteer to host a Souper Bowl of Caring Food Drive. Go to to learn more.