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Soup for the Moorestown Soul

The Interact Club's annual Soup for the Soul event—held Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church—raised $3,500 last year for the Food Bank of South Jersey.

It may not be what you’d call “soup weather,” but the annual Soup for the Soul event—run by Moorestown High School’s Interact Club—is more about warming the heart than the body.

The event, now in its 12th year, raises money for the Food Bank of South Jersey by offering bottomless bowls of soup, prepared by local restaurants and families, to the community.

High school junior Katie Dee, advertising chair for Interact’s Soup for the Soul committee, said the fundraiser has become something of a brand in Moorestown, so she’s not worried about unseasonably warm temperatures discouraging people from attending Saturday.

“I don’t think the weather is going to affect turnout,” she said, “cause it’s not just New England clam chowder we’re serving. It’s not just heavy soups.”

About 300 people attended last year’s Soup for the Soul at the First Presbyterian Church, raising $3,500 for the food bank.

Dee didn’t know how many tickets had been sold in advance of this year’s event, but said tickets will be available at the high school all this week. She recommended anyone interested in buying tickets go to the high school between 2 and 3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children. A ticket gets you a refillable bowl of soup and bread, as well as desserts provided by members of the high school’s Environmental Club, Dee said.

There will also be a silent auction and children playing the piano and singing, she said. “So you can just sit and relax and enjoy your soup.”

Takeout is also available, though not with a refillable bowl (for obvious reasons).

Businesses donating soup this year include Wegman’s, Passariello’s, Bertucci’s and Ralph’s, along with several families.

Soup for the Soul will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church on Bridgeboro Road.

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