I had an interesting conversation with a guy last week. As we were catching up he said, “So what have you been up to?” (Obviously he is not friends with me on Facebook.) I immediately invited him to Columbus Soup and Bread. I went through how the event operates, bringing a group of random soup makers together to offer up complimentary soup and bread to anyone who comes. When I got to the part of our humble donation crock pot available should diners choose to contribute to help organizations in the hunger relief system, he said to me, “That’s all fine and good buuuuuuut ….”
I’d tell you what he said next, but I’ve learned to stop listening when someone approaches life this way. Those words are a segue into how we can’t solve the hunger issue with just a small donation crock pot once a month. How we aren’t putting a dent into the problem. I don’t listen to this kind of talk anymore. Because if we didn’t do what we can, despite of not being able to solve the entire problem, well then no one would do anything. And that’s just not a world I want to live in.
Fortunately for me, there are more people like me out there. And they showed up last night to the Season 2 finale at Two Caterers. Dare I say the words epic and soup in the same sentence. There I did it. Seventeen soup makers and over 100 people to share them with. One mobile bread hearth and awesome Jim Budros making fresh bread for everyone. Pistacia Vera and their three awesome desserts to help us cap off the evening. Plus, two of the first Silver Ladle Souper Hero awards were given to Barb Moros and Blair Bickel for their tremendous support of the cause. Topped off by 4000 meals through the Mid-Ohio Foodbank raised in our one donation crock pot last night alone.
Thanks to everyone who participated this season, the sponsors, the soup makers, the people who came to enjoy and share and donate. There are too many of you to mention. Just know that because you did what you could in spite of tremendous need … well I find that All Fine and All Good!
I can’t wait until Season 3 launches in October. If you want to be a part of this awesome event, sign up for the mailing list here and we’ll keep you posted.