We are weeks away from the Super Bowl, but the Souper Bowl of Caring has already kicked off.
The nationwide annual food drive benefits local food banks. In 2012, the drive raised $2,431,022 in cash and donations for the Houston Food Bank.
North Shore Assistance Ministries gets 80 percent of its food from the Houston Food Bank.
"There's no way we could do it without them," Ministry Director Rodney Redford said.
In 2012, Redford said they moved 1.5 million pounds of food.
Darla Creech did not get any. Creech may have known about the ministry, but she did not have the need. After losing her job on Jan. 5 and going through a divorce, she decided to pick up some food.
What would she do without the ministry?
"Panhandling," she said. "There are a lot of people living under bridges around here. We are all just one paycheck away."
The Ministry is just one of the many pantries the Houston Food Bank supplies. Each week, the food bank feeds 137,000 people.
The Souper Bowl of Caring goes on until the actual Super Bowl.