The New England Patriots and their fans aren’t the only ones who had a big Super Bowl weekend.
Locally, groups piggy-backed on the game to do some good.
In Meriden, dozens of teachers, students and other volunteers delivered and sorted through thousands of donated food items at the city soup kitchen during its Souper Bowl drive.
Meanwhile, in Southington, the high school marching band churned out piles of sandwiches for its Souper Bowl Sub sale, with the proceeds going towards uniforms, travel and song licensing.
Both efforts scored.
Food drive chairman Brian Cofrancesco said 7,797 items were collected, up from 2,678 last year.
And the Southington High musicians sold some 2,700 grinders.
A job well done to all involved.
This marked the third year for the Souper Bowl food drive. In 2018, four schools participated. This time around, that number doubled, resulting in the much larger haul.
Roger Sherman School contributed 1,928 food items and was named the Souper Bowl winner.
Sherman school advisor Nick D’Amico said, “When we make our morning announcement on the intercom we always end our message with ‘thank you for supporting your community’ so the kids know this is going to where they live.”
While the Souper Bowl is a relatively new endeavor, the Super Bowl Sub Sale has been generating funds for the SHS band since the mid-80s.
This year, the band's 143 members spent nearly four hours preparing the pre-ordered subs.
"When we sell these subs, it's nice to go door to door and see whose willing to support the band," woodwind player Francesca Scavone said. "And it's really nice when you have someone who opens the door and is smiling and wants to give a nice donation to buy these subs from us."
Claiming their sixth world championship, the New England Patriots were undoubtedly the big winners last weekend.
But looking at what Meriden and Southington students accomplished in the lead up to the game, it’s clear that not every winner coming out of Super Bowl weekend wore silver helmets.
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