The South Side Soup Contest was created by the South Side Local Development Company in 2004 as way to showcase what the South Side retail and business community had to offer. From the beginning, the event proceeds supported the Brashear Association and the operation of its food pantry program. This year the event will benefit not only the Brashear Association, but the South Side Chamber of Commerce. The event is operated and organized by members of both organizations along with almost 100 volunteers from around the Pittsburgh community.
The Brashear Association
The Brashear Association supports and enriches the lives of many residents in the neighborhoods of South Pittsburgh, thereby helping to build strong families and communities. Among their services, the Brashear Association operates two community food pantries located in South Side and Arlington. The Brashear Association’s food pantry provides food and other commodities to over 1,000 low-income individuals and families every week at its two pantry locations in South Side and Arlington. The average pantry order provides households with enough food for 10 meals per person. Since this time last year, the agency’s pantries provided 72,000 meals, reallocating approximately $216,000 for families to use for other critical needs. The South Side Soup Contest provides over 1,200 items for its food pantry.
For more information or to make a donation to the Brashear Association, go to brashearassociation.org.
The South Side Chamber of Commerce
The South Side Chamber of Commerce is a community-based organization which represents the diverse interests of interconnected businesses, residents and other stakeholders in the South Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Its primary mission is to cultivate common vision, unity and business growth through member involvement in the community at large. The Chamber actively promotes the community’s proud past, dynamic present and shared future through its ongoing community initiatives. The Chamber works as part of the common coalition which champions the East Carson Street historic business district and flats and slopes neighborhoods as it attracts and serves those who operate businesses here and those who live, work and enjoy the South Side.
The Chamber operates the South Side Welcome Center which is its headquarters, a VisitPittsburgh official information center for worldwide visitors, a community meeting place for businesses and residents, and a volunteer center for the South Side Chamber Clean Team. For more information about the South Side Chamber of Commerce, go to southsidechamber.org.