Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor Parker, Houston Texans, Youth Volunteers and Community Partners Launch Souper Bowl of Caring 2013
Youth-led hunger relief campaign benefits families and children in need



January 16, 2013 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker joined youth volunteers, the Houston Food Bank, the Houston Texans, grocers H-E-B, Kroger and Randalls and numerous media sponsors for a pep rally kicking off Souper Bowl of Caring Houston 2013. The early morning volunteer blitz featured a festive ambience, including the presence of Houston Texans cheerleaders and team mascot Toro and lively music and dance performances by area school groups.


“Houston is a city of caring,” said Mayor Parker. “We never hesitate to help our neighbors. The Souper Bowl of Caring is a simple act of kindness that we can all do. Each of our contributions will add up to have a huge impact for fellow Houstonians in need.”


The campaign will benefit area charities, including the Houston Food Bank, which distributes food collections to hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas Counties. More than 250 Houston area schools, community organizations and congregations will hold food drives throughout the Houston region over the next three weeks. The campaign culminates on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. The goal of the campaign is to raise cash contributions and food donations equal to 3.5 million meals. Houstonians are invited to organize food drives and to volunteer on Super Bowl weekend.


On Saturday, January 26, more than 15,000 members of the Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts will go door to door to invite residents to donate non-perishable food items. The Boys Scouts will return on Saturday, February 2 to pick up the donations.


Members of the City of Houston Mayor’s Youth Council will collect food donations at Kroger Stores located at 1440 Studemont, 77007, and 1938 W. Gray, 77019, on Saturday and Sunday, February 2 and 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Pre-packed bags of food will be available for customers to purchase and donate at any H-E-B, Kroger or Randalls. These donations will benefit food pantries served by the Houston Food Bank.


For more information and to volunteer or make a donation, visit


The City of Houston Mayor’s Volunteer Initiatives Program, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, and the Mayor’s Youth Council are proud supporters of Souper Bowl of Caring Houston. For information about the City’s volunteer initiatives, visit