DETROIT (CBS 62) – Bob Evans employee-volunteers arrived at the Earthworks Urban Farm early Thursday, Sept. 26 to harvest crops and prepare the fall planting. The volunteers were there as part of Bob Evans Restaurants’ funding for improvements at the farm, which is owned and operated by the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Bob Evans Restaurants’ funding from its WellnessAd advertising with CBS EcoMedia is also helping pay for the renovation of the Soup Kitchen’s Conner Avenue facility, home of the Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program.

“People are still hungry today,” said Brian Carney, Vice President and Regional Head Coach of Bob Evans Restaurants. “So every Bob Evans Restaurant donates food to a local food pantry and that results in millions of pounds of food going to those in real need. But we can’t stop there. Today, Bob Evans wants to show our support not only through food donations from the restaurant but also with significant funding from our CBS EcoMedia advertising along with volunteers helping with the hands-on duties involved with making a farm work.”

Following their morning of pro bono work, the volunteers and company executives had lunch with guests of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen’s Meldrum site.

Brother Jerry Smith, Executive Director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen expressed his gratitude and thanks for the volunteer work done by the Bob Evans group and was especially appreciative for the funding that is being used for both the Earthworks Urban Farm improvements and the repainting of the Conner Avenue building.

“At the Soup Kitchen we not only feed people hungry for a good meal,” says Brother Jerry Smith. “We also try to nurture spirits, stimulate minds, stretch imaginations. We try to help people believe that life can be different, that dreams can be achieved, that miracles can still happen.”

Soup Fundraiser

Kevin Andrachek, Area Coach for Bob Evans Restaurants in the Detroit area, announced a challenge to the citizens of Detroit. “For every quart of soup that is sold at Bob Evans Restaurants between October 7 and November 6, 2013, Bob Evans will donate one quarter (25 cents) to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen,” said Andrachek. “We want people to know about the great work being done here at Capuchin but also find a way to get them involved to continue that wonderful service.” For more information, visit any participating Bob Evans restaurant within the Detroit market area.

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