Last Sunday, as football fans buzzed with anticipation over this year's upcoming Super Bowl, some local residents took part in an annual Sunday tradition with an entirely different kind of bowl. The First Church of Christ in Bradford held the Souper Bowl of Caring on Jan. 27. The event is part of a national campaign to feed the hungry and benefit the Salvation Army. Although there was no football at the church event except for a few people chatting about the New England Patriots, the Souper Bowl of Caring did have one thing in common with the frenzied football festival that shares the same name: delicious food. At the First Church of Christ on Bradford Common, there were nine kinds of soup available to the 35 to 40 people who showed up. "People went through and had a little bit of everything," said Joyce Hooper of Georgetown, one of the organizers. Unfortunately, the snow storm that creeped into the area Saturday night and Sunday morning caused the turnout to be lower than they had hoped. But in spite winter's wrath, the event still raised $295. As a national campaign, the Souper Bowl of Caring has raised over $41 million since 1990. In 2007, over 14,000 organizations took part, raising over $8 million for charities around the world. For the last two years First Church of Christ raised approximately $1,700. Participating groups in the Souper Bowl get to choose which deserving charity receives the fruits of their labor, but one rule stays the same: 100 percent of the proceeds must go to the charity. The Salvation Army Meals Program of Haverhill benefited from the slurping of soup at the First Church of Christ. Guests filled their bowls, which cost $10 for a hand-painted bowl to take home, or $5 for a disposable bowl, as many times as they could, tantalizing their taste buds with a wide variety of homemade chowders, stews, soups and chili. About 10 people from the church organized the Souper Bowl of Caring in Bradford, an event that started 18 years ago when youths across the country collected money and food for the hungry in soup pots, around the same time as the National Football League's premier event. The Souper Bowl of Caring seemed to fit in perfectly at the Bradford church, which recently celebrated its 325th anniversary, as they help the hungry of the world, one boiling bowl of broth at a time. "We have always been a very mission-based church," Hooper said. "We believe in mission for the church, mission for the community, and mission for the world."