The Kansas City Chiefs staff took a trip to the local Harvesters on Tuesday morning for the eighth annual "Souper" Bowl of Caring. More than 80 of the organization's employees, former Chiefs and ambassadors Shawn Barber and Tim Grunhard, Chiefs cheerleaders, Red Coaters and K.C. Wolf were in attendance.
According to its website, the "Souper" Bowl of Caring movement uses the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united national effort to care for people in their local communities who are hungry and those in need.
"For eight years, we have been part of this national program," Chiefs president Mark Donovan said. "It's something we're very, very proud of."
The event splits the Chiefs staff into three teams, who compete for an hour to see who can make the most "backsnacks," which help fight childhood hunger in the Kansas City area.
Kansas City Chiefs staff, cheerleaders, ambassadors and Red Coaters assemble food packages for Harvesters in a fun and friendly competition.
"We know when children have appropriate food and nutrition, they do better in school, they have less common illnesses and their behavior and grades increase," Valerie Nicholson-Watson, the president and CEO of Harvesters, said. "Whether you are putting milk in the backsnacks or taping up the boxes or just making sure the line is stocked, you're making a difference for children in our community. The backsnack is important for a lot of reasons. One in five children through all our 26-county service area is at risk of going hungry.
"We serve over 20,000 children through our backsnack program."
By competition's end, the Chiefs assembled 2,891 backsnacks, bringing the organization's seven-year total to 20,310.
The Chiefs also partner with Harvesters on several hunger-relief programs throughout the year including "Lift Up America" and the "Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive."
In total, the Chiefs support of hunger relief programing provided nearly 325,000 meals for the Kansas City community in 2016. That figure includes an NFL-record 285,000 meals via the Chiefs Kingdom Food Drive.
For more information on Harvesters, click here.