Real ‘Supper Bowl’ here Jan. 17 Operation Blessing event will give food to needy

No doubt, Super Bowl XXXII will be a huge event for San Diego. Operation Blessing International hopes its fourth annual “Supper Bowl” will be equally huge. With many on-site activities, the Super Bowl XXXII officially sanctioned Supper Bowl is more than a food drive: it is an event.

Slated for Saturday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event will happen at Memorial Park in San Diego at 28th and Oceanview. Organizers expect 7,500 low/no income families and 15,000 people to participate. The 160,000 pounds of groceries (in the form of canned vegetables, dry cereals, fresh produce, dried beans, boxed foods and assorted beverages) they anticipate receiving will make 106,000 meals.

Over 600 volunteers and 50 churches and organizations make Supper Bowl possible. In addition to donating food, participants can enjoy blood pressure, sight and hearing screening dental hygiene demonstrations with free toothbrushes and toothpaste sports skills clinics for youth lively, a fun-filled program including balloons, jumping gyms, music, drama, and clowns for children haircuts inspirational messages from NFL players and community pastors and live musical entertainment.

Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing International provides short-term relief and development assistance to people in need and disaster victims throughout the world. It does this through independent, community-based non-profit agencies referred to as Outreach Centers. They have successfully aided more than 126 million people in over 70 countries and in all 50 states.

With their Hunger Strike Force, Operation Blessing International has driven more than 132 million pounds of food and supplies over 3 million miles to over 300 cities. For information on donating or volunteering, call 757-579-3441.

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