Bread and Soup Nite is held on the first Monday of each month in the Ballroom. The event is open to students, staff and the community. Attendants can pay $2 and a can of food or $3 to come and listen to music and to enjoy unlimited soup, dessert, and drinks.
Pam Branin, the associate director of the Community Engagement Center, explains the three goals of this event, which has been going on for about 16 years now.
“It’s to bring people together. . . it’s a unique event to be able to sit down and eat a meal with all kinds of people,” Branin said. “Second, it’s to raise awareness about food insecurity, especially on campus, because we know that there are students that struggle with having enough food to eat. Third, it’s to raise food for the HOPE pantry on campus.”
Volunteers like McKayla Heaton, a senior studying Spanish and Nutrition, helps run Bread & Soup Nite. She has been volunteering for a year and a half.
“I liked it so much I applied to and am now a service leader,” Heaton said.
Jackson Allred, an SUU student entertained all those in attendance by playing his ukulele. Allred currently has several songs currently out on Spotify.
If, the HOPE pantry provides students “non-perishable food items and some hygiene items to see you through the tight times in a friendly, no questions asked environment.”
The Community Engagement Center is always looking to help and donations.
The next Bread & Soup Nite will be held on March 4, 2019.
Story by: Elizabeth Armstrong
Photo Credit: Christopher Dimond