3Ch – Exploration #11 – Soup Sisters

“Warming hearts…one bowl at a time” this is the Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers mission. Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers was founded in 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton who had a very simple belief in the power of soup as a nurturing and nourishing gesture that could make a tangible difference. Hapton believed that two of societies most prevalent issues, domestic abuse and youth homelessness would benefit from the care and warmth that comes in a bowl of soup. A powerful message that says ‘we care’ is now being delivered to over 40 residential shelters and youth serving agencies in 22 Cities across Canada through the making, sharing and donating of homemade delicious soup made with the finest ingredients. Often times when a women or child chooses to leave an abusive or volatile relationship; they do so with little more than the clothes on their back. Our organization has created programming that allows these individuals to receive wholesome and nutritious soups that not only provide sustenance physically but emotionally as well. Since 2009, over 750,000 servings of soup have been delivered to shelters from East to West, and there is a growing network of over 40,000 Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers participants across the country. — Soup Sisters

We were so lucky to have Cindi from Soup Sisters come to speak to us about the Soup Sisters organization!

The first thing Cindi asked us was “How many of you like soup? What kind?” Many of us love soup! Our favourites are mushroom, chicken noodle, hamburger…

What an interesting way that this organization started! In 2009 Sharon Hapton, the Founder and CEO of Soup Sisters, had a birthday party to which she invited her friends to make batches of soup with her. They then donated this soup to The Calgary Women’s Shelter. From this time on, Soup Sisters has been making soup for a variety of women’s and youth centres. Since then the organization has grown across Canada and even into the US (Los Angeles). there are now 29 locations in Canada. Every month volunteers come together to make soup for others. They have made over 750 000 servings of soup across Canada and the need keeps growing as do the volunteers!

We found it really interesting that Soup Sisters now has a program for kids to get involved and take action! It is called “Souper Kids.” This is a way for 8-17 year old kids to help out too! That would be a great way for kids to get involved and take action!

Last year when Syrian refugees arrived in Calgary, the Soup Sisters made sure they were welcomed to the city with home made soup using traditional recipes from their culture. School children, including our school, made special labels to put on the containers as a way to welcome new friends. You can watch the video below:

Some of the other things we learned include:

  • they make soup because it has a lot of important nutrients all in one bowl
  • there is always a chef at every event when they are making the soup
  • people as far away as Australia and England have contacted Calgary Soup Sisters for help to set up a location in their area
  • the three things needed to start a Soup Sisters chapter are: volunteers, a place to make soup and a shelter to support
  • they raise money by accepting donations to “keep the soup flowing”

We would like to thank Cindi for taking the time to come and teach us all about Soup Sisters and how we can take action to help others. We enjoyed making labels for soup containers!

At the end, Cindi did  a trivia quiz with us to see if we were listening to all the information she shared with us. Most of us had been listening really well, but in the end it was Jaden and Colin who were victorious. They even got a prize…a Soup Sisters cookbook.


“A Hug In A Bowl”

You can learn more about the Soup Sisters below.

Website: http://www.soupsisters.org




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