‘Good Neighbor’ soup sale raises $5,500
Sixteen volunteers fanned out across Newark to sell Good Neighbor Bean Soup Mix on Saturday.
For decades, the daylong soup mix sale has been one of the Newark Area Welfare Committee’s most popular fundraisers. Volunteers set up outside Newark Natural Foods, Herman’s Quality Meats, the National 5 and 10 and three local Acmes ( Suburban Plaza, College Square and University Plaza).
This year’s event raised $ 5,500 in soup sales and donations, including a $ 4,000 donation from an undisclosed local business.
Beyond the money raised, the event, dubbed Good Neighbor Day, gives volunteers a chance to educate people about the mission of NAWC.
“You can’t beat it,” organizer Katie Hughes said. “We’re all volunteers. Everybody has the goal: to reach out.”
Founded in 1930, the organization helps those in need by running a food pantry, an emergency assistance program, a holiday food drive and other programs.
Mert Davies, now in her eighth year volunteering with the soup sale, was set up outside the Acme in Suburban Plaza alongside first- time volunteer Joe DeMarco.
“I enjoy it,” Davies said. “We do it because there’s a need for this in the area.”
“We help lots of people in need,” added Sally Cavanagh, another volunteer.
She noted that the soup sale was well- received on Saturday.
“Everybody’s being generous,” she said.
Mert Davies and Joe DeMarco sell Good Neighbor Bean Soup Mix outside the Acme in Suburban Plaza on Saturday.