Feed’em Soup adds fundraisers

DeKALB – Feed’em Soup is adding new fundraisers to the portfolio of events that help it to sustain its mission of serving meals to those in need.

On July 15, the nonprofit announced a sweepstakes fundraiser through CharityMania’s FootballMania, a game in which prizes are awarded based on which professional football teams score the most points and gain the most yards.

Holders of the sweepstakes tickets are assigned football teams each week at random. No two game cards are alike, and players can win cash prizes based on their team’s performance.

“CharityMania’s mission is to help nonprofit organizations raise money and build community involvement,” said Dr. Neil R. Quinn Jr., founder and president of CharityMania. “The more we can provide organizations like Feed’em Soup with easy-to-manage fundraisers that are fun to play, the closer they can get to meeting their fundraising goals.”

Feed’em Soup organizers also intend to hold a hockey fundraiser through CharityMania this winter. To buy a game card or volunteer to help sell game cards, call 815-310-0903 or email

Feed’em Soup has also added a monthly fundraising dinner to its schedule. The Second Saturday Steak Fry, as the name implies, will be held the second Saturday of each month. The meal includes a 10-ounce ribeye steak or grilled portobello mushroom cap, a vegetable, potato dish and dessert.

The meal will be held at Feed’em Soup, 122 S. First St. in DeKalb, at 7 p.m. each month. Tickets are $25, are limited to no more than 100 each month and are available by phone or online at

Feed’em Soup serves a “pay-what-you-can” dinner every Wednesday in DeKalb, and hopes to add a second weekly meal in 2014. Diners are asked to pay whatever they can afford for their meal; those who can’t afford to pay can eat for free.

Feed’em Soup’s “After Dark” fundraiser is held from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when the kitchen serves breakfast foods and gourmet sliders at fixed menu prices to help cover its operations. It has also held several fundraising dinners, offers make-your-own pizza and cupcake parties, and offers catering and rental of its dining room.

“The only thing holding us back now is funding,” executive director Derek Gibbs said. “We’ve got the kitchen, we’ve got the equipment, the volunteers, and the people that need our services. We just need a sustainable source of income.”

Founded in 2010, Feed’em Soup’s mission is to empower the community by serving fresh food with compassion and respect in a restaurant-quality environment to anyone, regardless of situation, background or ability to pay. Feed’em Soup also operates a clothing closet offering disadvantaged people free attire and basic necessities.

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