Wooster's Soup & Bread Program Recognized
Campus Dining Magazine salutes noble endeavor
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."