The Salvation Army is calling on Shepparton residents to join in the Souperhero challenge to help raise money for those in need.
The Be A Souperhero campaign kicks off today and is aiming to raise $100000 for community service programs that help Australian families.
Some families are living on less than $17 a day to cover the costs of things like groceries, bills, clothing, travel, school and medical costs.
You can be a Souperhero in many ways, such as joining the Ultimate Challenge, which challenges participants to eat soup every single meal for seven days;
the Super Soup-Off, where two people within a group of friends create their best soup to be judged; or by hosting a Souper Lunch fundraising event.
You can even start up your own Souper Squad.
Northern Victoria social welfare programs general manager Jo Barrett, who is taking the challenge, said while it started today the Salvation Army was more than happy to take donations beyond the August 4 finish date.
Shepparton Salvation Army Corp officer Captain Karyn Wishart said they would host a fundraising soup lunch from 12.30pm on Wednesday, August 16, with a gold coin donation appreciated.
‘‘During winter, it is especially important to think of those members of the community who are experiencing hardship and disadvantage,’’ Ms Wishart said. ‘‘Every year, thousands of people in the community go without meals, heating and medical treatment.
‘‘For families experiencing these difficulties, when it comes to meal times, soup can be a real hero because it’s inexpensive and quick to make.’’
Be a Souperhero is open to people of all ages and families, with children encouraged to substitute one meal a day with soup during the week-long Ultimate Challenge or participate in the other challenges.
Those interested in taking part can set up a profile for family and friends to support.
To register to take part or donate, visit souperhero.org.au