Events

Souper Bowl of Caring

It all started with a simple prayer, “Lord, as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.”Souper Bowl of Caring is a national youth-led movement to fight hunger and poverty in their local communities, transforming the time around the Super Bowl into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.

On the day of the big game, youth groups across the community will take up special collections asking for one dollar or one item of food from each member of the congregation to help in the battle against hunger. All donations benefit the RIFA Soup Kitchen.

If your church youth group would like to participate, contact Amber Kincaid at amberkincaid@rifajackson.org or 731.427.7963.

 

Feinstein Challenge

Each year, the Alan Shawn Feinstein Foundation divides $1 million proportionately among all hunger fighting agencies participating in the challenge. Every dollar and can of food donated to RIFA during the months of March and April will have a portion of the proceeds matched by the Feinstein Foundation.

This fundraising drive is a unique opportunity to make each dollar and can of food donated worth more than its actual value. The more donations we collect, the greater the amount the foundation will give.

If you or your organization would like to host a food drive for the Feinstein Challenge, click here for more info. (link to host a food drive)

 

Stamp Out Hunger

On the second Saturday in May, the National Association of Letter Carriers host the nation’s largest single-day food drive at post offices throughout the country. The Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive across America provides assistance for the millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on their tables every day.

Postal customers are asked to place non-perishable food items either inside or next to their mailbox before the letter carrier delivers the mail. The food collected will be donated to the RIFA Food Bank. All food donations are then repacked and redistributed to the community and emergency food programs to help individuals and families in need.

 

Art of Compassion

Celebrated in the summer, the Art of Compassion Arts Festival, held in conjunction with the Shannon Street Blues & Heritage Festival, is a way to promote the arts and connect the entire community through various forms of expression.

This two-day event allows local artists to showcase and sell their work. The art festival will host a variety of mediums such as painting, photography, pottery and much more. The proceeds from the booth fees go toward supporting RIFA ministries.

This event also includes a silent auction and book sale. Silent auction pieces are items donated from local businesses in the community.

For more information on how to become a vendor or donate a silent auction item, contact Jenni Thorne at jenni@rifajackson.org or 731.427.7963.

 

Uniform Exchange

Let’s face it, school uniforms are expensive for growing children. The annual RIFA Uniform Exchange held in June is an easy way to trade gently-used school uniforms. The goal of this event is to help families get the uniforms that are required for their children for the upcoming school year and save money.

In order to participate, bring gently-used school uniform shirts (with no writing or logos), pants, shorts, skirts, and jumpers during the designated drop-off times. At that time, you will receive a voucher to come back and shop on the sale dates.

 

Canstruction

Canstruction is a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry. Competing teams, led by architects, engineers and designers showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. The local competition is held every year during the month of October at the Old Hickory Mall.

At the close of the exhibition, all of the food used in the structures is donated to the RIFA Food Bank to distribute to other non-profits in the Jackson-Madison County area that serve individuals, soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters.

To find out how you can be involved as a sponsor, competitor or volunteer, please contact Shaun at shaunpowers@rifajackson.org or 731.427.7963.