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‘Highlight of the winter’: Washington and Lee to host 12th annual Souper Bowl

Rebecca Barnabi
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Community members and local college students can fight childhood hunger in the Rockbridge area one soup bowl at a time by attending the 12th annual Souper Bowl at Washington and Lee University.

On Sunday, February 4, 2024, all proceeds from Washington and Lee University’s 12th Annual Souper Bowl will support the Campus Kitchen at the university’s backpack program.  

“It’s hard to say what the best part of the Campus Kitchen Souper Bowl is, between the delicious soups donated by local businesses and organizations, the performances by W&L students, and the opportunity for members of the campus and local communities to come together for a good cause,” said Ryan Brink ’18, assistant director of the Shepherd Program and CKWL coordinator. “This event is a highlight of the winter, and we at Campus Kitchen are incredibly grateful for the continued support we receive from folks and organizations throughout the community. Thank you to everyone who has supported us in the past as we work to address the meal gap experienced by our local students. I hope anyone who isn’t familiar with the Souper Bowl will give it a try this year.”

The event will take be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Evans Hall. Participating restaurants and caterers will serve a selection of soups for attendees to enjoy, with in-person dining and to-go options available. Attendees will also be serenaded by W&L student bands and acapella groups, which will perform throughout the event.

Tickets are available in advance and may be purchased online. The cost is $10 per student and per child and $15 per adult.  

This year’s Souper Bowl participants include Bistro on Main, Campus Kitchen, CHEFS Catering Company, Kitchen, Glowbowl Café, Hardens, Heliotrope Brewery, Legendary Eats, Lexington Catering Company, LexVegas Bistro, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, Pronto, Pure Eats, the Rockbridge Jewish Community, The Georges and W&L Dining Services. The event is also sponsored by Center of Gravity Yoga and Pilates Studio, Cornerstone Bank, Flex Fitness, Lex Running Shop and Lexington Smiles.

Since 2009, the CKWL Backpack Program has provided non-perishable breakfast, lunch and snack items to children receiving free and reduced lunch in schools throughout Rockbridge County. The program delivers 650 backpacks each week to preschoolers, elementary school students and middle school students in the local school districts.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.