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Johanna Hicks Column For January 18

The 2022 Souper Bowl of Caring campaign brought in over 500 pounds of food. Pictured are representatives from Cumby Food Bank, Hopkins County 4-H, and Alliance Bank.


Johanna Hicks, B.S., M.Ed.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Family & Community Health Agent

Hopkins County

P.O. Box 518

1200-B W. Houston

Sulphur Springs, TX 75483


Souper Bowl of Caring Returns

Each year, 4-H groups across Texas host the “Souper Bowl of Caring” event. In 2022, they collected over 500 pounds of food during the campaign. Even though that is a fantastic amount, we hope to top the pounds of food collected this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 19% of Hopkins County children live in poverty.

All non-perishable food items donated will go to local hunger relief organizations. All efforts will benefit local families who utilize local hunger relief agencies. However, there are a few guidelines that donors must follow.

  1. They only accept foods with dates that have not expired.
  2. They only take food in non-dented, no water-stained, or damaged packages.
  3. Manufacturer labels must be on items.

They accept food or monetary donations through February 13 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office, 1200-B W. Houston, Sulphur Springs. Office hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. Other agencies who would like to join as a collection site may contact the Extension Office at 903-885-3443, and we’ll get the word out! In 2022, Alliance Bank and Sulphur Springs News-Telegram served as food collection sites.

As the 2023 Football Super Bowl approaches, we encourage all who can help us with the Souper Bowl of Caring!

Retirement Reception

Numerous individuals have asked about my upcoming retirement. Thoughts of retirement have been circling my brain for over a year, and now, it is becoming a reality! I have enjoyed my 27+ years with the Extension Service, but I’m ready to turn over the reins to someone else. January 31 will be my official retirement date, but we’re having a party! Put this date on your calendar:

  • When: Friday, January 27, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 to 4:30 pm.
  • Where: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200-B W. Houston, Sulphur Springs

Please don’t bring gifts – Instead, I will visit with you! If you can’t make it, I’ll still be around, serving in various capacities in the community and church.

Closing Thought

Today be thankful and think about how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and your health is wealth – Zig Ziglar