835 N. Rush Street
Chicago, IL 60611
August 31, 2017
Dear St. Ferdinand School Parents and Guardians,
We are thrilled to be participating in the Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Charities new initiative, the Soup-er Stadium Challenge, this fall, an effort to help eliminate hunger in our community. As shared in the letter from Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, and Rev. Monsignor Michael M. Boland, President of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Challenge asks every Catholic school student, teacher and staff member to donate (at least) one non-perishable food item to fill the shelves of Catholic Charities’ food pantries.
The goal is to collect enough food to fill every seat in Soldier Field…twice! This collection will provide more than 100,000 meals to Chicagoans in need. The Challenge has support from Soldier Field and Charles Tillman, retired Chicago Bears cornerback, who has agreed to be the spokesman for the initiative.
As part of the Challenge, teachers will also integrate hunger and food insecurity themes into their curriculum so this initiative moves beyond a food drive and into a learning and growing experience for our school children.
As part of our participation in the Challenge our school will be entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes, including autographed items from Charles Tillman, a tour of Soldier Field, an American flag that has been flown over Soldier Field, and more!
If you would like to participate in the Challenge, please have your child bring in his/her donation(s) to school between Tuesday, September 12 – Friday, October 6. If you would like to make an online donation, please visit SouperStadiumChallenge.org.
Donations will be tracked weekly by our school staff. Be sure to check out the virtual tracker and watch the number of seats in Soldier Field filling up with donations from our school and schools across the Archdiocese at SouperStadiumChallenge.org.
Every single donation helps; please give what you can. Together we can help eliminate hunger and make difference in the lives of those who are most in need.
Principal, St. Ferdinand School