This morning I saw that parts of New York have gotten 30, 40, 50 inches of snow. The good news it that it offered me some perspective on the cold weather we are getting here... afterall, it could be worse. However, when it gets cold like this, I often dust off my crockpot and see how many days in a row I can use it. I love soup and I'm thankful that my family does too as it sure does make life easier.
Given the tradition rotten weather, it should be no surprise that someone was smart enough to make January National Soup Month. So today's post is about how this month's honorary cuisine can change your corner of the world.
1. The holidays have depleted the food supplies at many food banks. One thing you could do is to assemble the ingredients needed to make your favorite soup and donate them to local food pantry. The Feeding America website can help you find a food bank in your area.
1.1 If the food bank will accept assembled meal boxes, consider including a recipe card and note of encouragement for the meal recipient.
1.2 Consider having a soup drive at work, church, or other social group.
2. Have a "SouperBowl" party where your friends bring soup or chili ingredients that can be donated to a food pantry.
2.1 Have "The Best Soup/Chili Cookoff" at your party or workplace. Ask people to bring entries into the competition AND bring the canned goods/ingredients for a family in need. (Don't forget the recipe card).
3. Women's Bean Project in Colorado is one of my favorite nonprofits. I have written about them before. Since 1989, WBP has been helping women
In January, WBP is having a special on their soup mixes. Each mix is $5. The 10 Bean and Black Bean are my favorites. I also love their fair trade coffees. So.....consider purchasing a few for a warm cozy meal for your family. You'll be able to eat a great meal and help a woman move toward a new life. Click here to order.
4. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen. Volunteer Match is a website that can help you locate opportunities in your area. You can also contact your local food bank. They will likely have a list of places and organizations that feed the homeless.