For most football fans, the Super Bowl is a time to revel in high-octane sports, gorge on hot wings and soak in a slew of entertaining TV ads. But for the youth at Hesperia United Methodist Church it means something much more.


Over the past several years, the United Methodist youth have raised more than $1,200 as part of Souper Bowl of Caring, a movement that uses Super Bowl weekend to help fight hunger and poverty.


This week, individuals from the church group will collect donations that will be going directly to the charity of their choice - need-identified students at Mojave High School. Helping students in need at Mojave, especially those whose families need food, is a year-round mission project for the youth at Hesperia United Methodist Church.


After collecting the funds, the church will report its collection totals to souperbowl.org and then donate 100 percent to the Mojave High School project.


Souper Bowl of Caring began in 1990 when the Rev. Brad Smith, then a seminary intern in South Carolina, prayed, "Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat." Over the last 18 years, Souper Bowl of Caring has become one of the nation's largest youth-led service movement with many millions of dollars raised.


To donate to the Hesperia United Methodist Church Youth Souper Bowl of Caring drive or for more information, call the church at 244-7461.