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The $20,000 Soup Project Challenge

The $20,000 Soup Project Challenge Final Pitches and Empty Bowls:

Thursday March 5, 2015 in Bemis Great Hall

5-7 PM $20,000 Soup Challenge Final Pitch

7-9 PM Dessert Reception and Student Bands.

A Silent Arts Auction is Also Planned

The Soup Project is a recent collaboration between The Food Coalition and The Arts for Social Change Coalition at CC. Together, we're building on The Community Kitchen's 23 year legacy to imagine creative new ways of addressing poverty, hunger, and homelessness in Colorado Springs. Empty Bowls is an annual benefit addressing these topics.

Empty Bowls has historically raised around $2,000 for The Community Kitchen Club by partnering with The Pottery Studio to sell handmade bowls. This year, Empty Bowls is pleased to host the $20,000 Soup Project Challenge, which will fund student designed social innovation projects addressing poverty hunger and homelessness in the local community.  

4 student teams will deliver their final pitch at Empty Bowls from 5-7 PM on Thursday March 5th immediately followed by a dessert reception and student bands from 7-9 PM afterwards.  Tickets are free, but options to make a financial contribution will be available. 


The Soup Project


On campus, The Soup Project will continue to offer a free community meal and activities in Sacred Grounds from 9 AM to 2PM on Sundays until May 10th. Students, faculty, and staff are highly encouraged to attend and participate. We also a host a space for students to organize from 4-9 PM on Wednesday nights in The Carriage House.  

Off campus, The Collaborative is getting more involved on these issues with the greater community. For example, The Soup Project's staff advisor, Adison Quin Petti '11, was recently invited to facilitate The Pikes Peak Food Shed Forum for roughly 60 participants. Local leaders from the Green Cities Coalition reached out to Adison after learning about the collective impact model hy is working to implement with student leadership. 

Donation Needs

The Soup Project is pleased to accept bulk food items such coffee, pasta, dry beans, and cookie / cake mixes. We are also pleased to accept donations of dry-medium arts supplies such as crayons, colored pencils, charcoal, sketchpads, and frames. The Soup Project can not accept non-bulk food items and does not accept donations of clothing, or toiletries.

For more information about donation needs or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Community Kitchen Interns at

For more information about The Soup Project Challenge please contact us at: or 719-389-6846