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Hundreds of local high school students gave up a chance to sleep late or relax after a long week and spent their Saturday morning helping others.

Representing 20 area schools and joined by faculty members and school resource officers from several law enforcement agencies, the students took part in the third annual Hudson’s Heroes Tackle Hunger event, packing 4,000 boxes of food for community members in need in conjunction with this year’s Souper Bowl of Caring

Jim Hudson Automotive Group, the Souper Bowl of Caring and Harvest Hope Food Bank teamed up to organize the event at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia.

“Our community's future is certainly bright,” Harvest Hope CEO Wendy Broderick told the students. “You're not just bringing food to people's tables. You're bringing hope to each and every one of them.”

The Souper Bowl of Caring was founded by a Columbia church youth group nearly 30 years ago to support area food banks and pantries, and it quickly expanded to a national hunger relief effort. The campaign culminates around Super Bowl Sunday each year. In recent years the event has generated around $10 million annually in food and funds. Contributions from each community across the county remain in those areas to help fight hunger.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership to help fight hunger in our community, and we can think of no better cause than helping supply food to those in need,” said S.C. State Fair general manager, Nancy Smith.

Jim Hudson Automotive Group provided the food for the 4,000 boxes.

The boxes will be distributed by Harvest Hope and by pantries at each participating school.

More information on the Souper Bowl of Caring is available at souperbowl.org.

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