Annual Souper Bowl to raise funds for the needy

Calling all Wichitans for soup and a good cause.

The annual Souper Bowl Friday is Friday.

The event is a fundraiser to help homeless and hungry people. Some of the best chefs in Wichita are expected to donate 140 gallons of their tastiest soups for the day. Proceeds go toward providing food and shelter for people who are participating in programs at Inter-Faith Ministries.

Cost is $15 for a bottomless bowl of soup; a book of 10 tickets is $130.

The first 200 guests to the event will receive a souvenir ceramic bowl. Diners can also buy homemade pies, cakes, brownies and hand-crafted pottery and cookbooks.

The event is hosted by the Wichita Wagonmasters.

The idea for Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990 when a seminary intern at the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., was writing a prayer to be offered at the church on Super Bowl Sunday.

The prayer by Souper Bowl founder Brad Smith was simple: “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without even a bowl of soup to eat.”

Since then, the idea of serving soup to raise awareness and money for the homeless and hungry has spread throughout the nation.

More than 10,000 groups participated nationally in 2012 to raise $9.8 million, according to the Souper Bowl of Caring website. More than $90 million has been raised since the group was founded in 1990.