As the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon observed their 125th anniversary in 2011, they wanted to give back to the greater community that had supported them for generations. The result was Soup’s On: an evening of soup tasting to fight hunger.
Originally envisioned as a one-time event, Soup’s On was so popular that the Sisters continued it through their 130th anniversary. Between 2011 and 2016, Soup’s On raised more than $85,000 to fight hunger. Guests included U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle.
Local vendors provided soups, bread, desserts and coffee for the annual tasting event and the evening included a no-host (cash only) wine bar. Guests voted on their favorite soups. The top three vote-getters received the coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze Ladle Awards. Starting in 2014, celebrity judges presented the Judges Choice Award.
While Soup’s On has concluded, the need is still great. In 2017, the Oregon Food Bank estimated the rate of food insecurity (being without access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food) in Oregon is 16.1%. About 644,000 Oregonians are food insecure, of those 223,480 are children.
The Sisters remain committed to helping vulnerable children and adults. If you enjoyed Soup’s On, we hope that you will continue to generously support those who serve families in need in our region.
We invite you to enjoy memories from Soup’s On over the years (including photos and video):
Over the years, Soup’s On received news coverage on Oregon Live and in the Beaverton Leader: Soup’s On competition: Beaverton police and Thai Bloom ladle out wins