“Souper Bowl History.” Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? The senior high youth of Spring Valley Presbyterian liked the idea so much they decided to invite other area churches to join the team. Twenty-two Columbia churches participated that first year, in 1990, raising $5,700 to send to area non-profits. Since then, ordinary young people have generated an extraordinary $118 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country. In 2016, $10.5 million in cash and food items was collected. This year's Souper Bowl is on February 5.