Soup for a Year


Charitable Motivation?

Filed under: Charity,Mike — stumpsmike @ 10:36 PM

So here we are 9 days in, and not surprisingly, S365 is getting old. Being obligated to turn down all of my favorite foods, I’ve decided that I need a deeper motivation than just glory to continue along this ridiculous path (as if there’s any glory involved anyway). David agrees, and for the sake of this post, we’ll go ahead and say that Brie agrees too.

If I’m going to keep participating in Soup for a Year, I’m going to need participation from YOU. “Why should I participate?” you might say. “You’re the stunt-junkies that volunteered to eat the soup for no reason, not me!”

Well what if there was a reason? i.e. charity!

So…here’s what I propose. And bear in mind that this idea is a work in progress, but I’d like to get the ball rolling on it.

For every day that we eat soup and only soup (excepting of course rolls and crackers when integral to the soupy meal), you pledge to give a canned good (or other non-perishable food item) to the charity of your choice. You can choose to sponsor only me, only David, only Brie, or some combination of the three of us. Pledge whatever you can, and keep in mind if you’re going to pledge something, we’re going to hold you to it.

So we know who’s on board, you can document your pledge a couple different ways. First, you can leave a comment on this post indicating how much you’re willing to donate and to which charitable organization it will go (also leave your address so we can come Paulie your knees if  you “forget” to ante up). You can also input the same information at the Soup for a Year Facebook page. Eventually, if people take to this idea, I’d like to have some kind of charity landing page where we keep track of donations, donors, total days on soup, etc. Let’s stick with this for now though, and we’ll see where it takes us.

Also, if you think it would just be easier to donate a dollar per day or week, or a quarter per day, we can do that too. You can send us a check, and we can make sure it gets to the right place.

Let’s make this ridiculous stunt worthwhile, shall we?

Sadly (though not that sad), if we don’t get enough people into this to make a difference, I’m probably going to revert back to solid food. Which honestly sounds amazing.



  1. If all 3 of you make it until January 1, 2010, I will donate $200 to Mid-Ohio Food Bank.

    Comment by balldigger — 11/10/2009 @ 11:22 PM | Reply

  2. I will donate a dollar a day to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank for every day you guys eat soup (retroactive to Day 1). Good luck. Happy Souping 🙂

    Comment by Erin Evans — 11/11/2009 @ 8:11 AM | Reply

  3. Hey guys. I will do the same as Erin. I pledge one dollar for every day that you are successful. I will donate the money to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. So think about it. Every $10 donation equals $80 worth of purchased food. So, if you make it 365 days. . . divide by 10 . . . times 80 . . . carry the 4 . . . I will essentially be providing $2,880 dollars worth of food the MOFB. Imagine if all of your fans did that? Feeling inspired yet?

    Comment by Jen Brutger — 11/14/2009 @ 8:33 AM | Reply

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