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Wooster's Soup & Bread Program Recognized

Campus Dining Magazine salutes noble endeavor

11 August, 2014 by John Finn

The College of Wooster is featured in the most recent edition of Campus Dining Today for its Soup & Bread program, which enables students to forego the full menu on a particular day in favor of a simple meal consisting of soup and bread. In return, the College donates the proceeds to a local, regional, national, or international charity.

Sponsored by the Office of Interfaith Campus Ministries, Soup & Bread is offered every Friday during the school year between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Kittredge Dining Hall. The program is coordinated by a paid student intern who recruits and supervises student, faculty, and staff volunteers. The meal has drawn as many as 200 participants in a given week.

Dining services provides the soup and bread; student volunteers oversee the operation and then clean up afterward. Chuck Wagers, director of campus dining and conference services, and his staff work with the program coordinators to develop a menu and designate promotional themes, such as Valentine's Day, which featured Italian wedding soup, vegan tomato basil soup with homemade heart-shaped croutons, and Southwest soup with grains.

The program, which dates back to the mid-1980s in one form or another at Wooster, has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly this past year when approximately $10,000 was donated to various charitable organizations, including the Wooster YMCA, the Trinity United Church of Christ, the Akron/Canton Regional Food Bank, and the American Red Cross.

"The Soup & Bread program is a wonderful Wooster tradition that has benefited thousands of people over the years," said Wagers. "Soup & Bread helps encourage members of the College community to volunteer and participate in order to help provide much-needed support for people within our city and the global community."