Baltimore Colts Legends Art Donovan and Jim Mutscheller are teaming up with Franciscan Center this Friday to help feed the hungry.  It is all part of an initiative to re-open the doors of the Center on Fridays and expand services that help the economically disadvantaged residents of Baltimore City.

As Americans across our nation ready themselves for this weekend’s Super Bowl XLV, Baltimore’s NFL heroes are looking to inspire the youth of our city, and give back to the community. The 4th and Goal Foundation along with the Retired NFL Players Association sponsored the Franciscan Center’s  Souper Bowl of Caring, a youth led movement to raise awareness and funds to tackle hunger leading up to the Super Bowl.

The Franciscan Center, located on 23rd street between Maryland Avenue and Howard Street has been feeding the cities hungry and homeless for more than 42 years. Serving hot, nutritious meals Monday through Thursday, and now opening Friday’s to offer a warm safe environment with hot coffee from Zeke’s Coffee, pastries and sack lunches.

This year, thanks to 23 area churches, schools, synagogues, civic groups, business and corporate sponsors: M & T Bank, COPT, 180’s, Under Armour and 4th & Goal Foundation,  The Franciscan Center’s Souper Bowl of Caring is the largest year to date. Teams formed have been asking friends and family to get involved and give to end hunger. Schools, civic groups and businesses have held clothing, can food drives, and this weekend will ask their family churches, parishes and synagogues to get involved and tackle hunger in Baltimore City.

With the re-opening of Friday for Warm Welcome Friday, the Franciscan Center hopes to offer a safe warm alternative for Baltimore’s needy. This is an important first step in the Center’s initiative to expand comprehensive services for our cities most needy from four days to five days a week.

When:              Friday, February 4, 2011

Time:              10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Where:             101 W. 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Parking:           Parking in lot off of 23rd street and Maryland.