Make the Big Game Count

We are officially less than a week out from Super Bowl Sunday, and if you’re like us, you’re probably more interested in the commercials than the actual game. There hasn’t been a Texas team in the Super Bowl since 1996 when the Dallas Cowboys beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17. The Patriots, on the other hand, are working on their 10th visit since 1997.

So, how do we make it more interesting for those of us who care about neither team? Check out these fun ways to give back and enjoy the game at the same time. Feel free to submit your own ideas, and you might be mentioned on our Facebook page.

Souper Bowl Squares

This is a fun way to get into the game and give back to a good cause at the same time. Play the regular way, but there’s a pay it forward twist. Winners receive half the payout, and the other half goes to feed the hungry. For the full rules on how to play, click here. You can also find free printable football squares here.

Pre-Game Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve got kids coming to the party, here’s a great way to get them involved. Send them out on a fun scavenger hunt before the game starts. Adults are encouraged to participate as well. You don’t want the kiddos to have all the fun. The more the merrier! If you would like some help coming up with a scavenger hunt list, check out ours here. Of course, feel free to come up with your own.


Come up with a donation “buy-in” amount per card. Have guests fill out their card while watching the game. Feel free to come up with your own cards or use the template here. Use candy as your markers and reuse the cards.

Souper Bowl Taboo

This is a take on the swear jar. Choose a large soup pot to collect the ‘fines’ in. Pick a fun taboo word for the duration of the Super Bowl. For instance, players can’t say the word ‘football’ or else they have to pay a small fine. All money will be donated to help feed those in need.

Inexpensive Prize Ideas for Games

  • Snack Pack
    Fill a small cooler with snacks like peanuts, chips, jerky, and sodas.
  • Football Flick
    Gift a fan favorite like Friday Night Lights, Invincible, Little Giants, Remember the Titans, etc.
  • Pizza Date
    Buy a gift card to a local pizza place.
  • Tailgate Pack
    It doesn’t have to be expensive. Supply hot dogs, buns, ketchup, mustard, relish, and chips.
  • Fan Wear
    Gift an Academy or Dick’s Sporting Goods gift card.


All people, regardless of whether they’re athletes or not, should treat people the way they want to be treated.
– Walter Payton (Professional football player; Humanitarian; Winner of the Man of the Year Award, later named after him, for excellence both on and off the field)

About Hays County Food Bank

We are passionately committed to improving lives through food assistance programs, nutrition education, and advocacy.

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