Local Zoup Franchise Helping In The Fight Against Childhood Hunger

Charmayne, left, and Clinton Fleming, owners of the Zoup! franchise in the Cedar Grove Center.

Two local business owners are pitching in to help end hunger among children, one cup of soup at a time.

Charmayne and Clinton Fleming, the owners of the Zoup! Fresh Soup Company franchise in the Cedar Grove Center on Cedar Grove Lane, are participating in the company wide fundraising effort for No Kid Hungry, an organization formed to combat child hunger in the United States.

January was picked for the fundraiser because it is National Soup Month, according to a press release from Zoup!

Throughout January, Zoup! customers who donate at least $2 to No Kid Hungry – online or in the store – will receive a voucher for a free side order of soup, good for a subsequent visit.

Charmayne Fleming said the effort falls in line with her and her husband’s philosophies.

“I think it’s important to be able to give back to the community and the world at large because there are people who are just not doing well, and they need help,” she said. “It is part of the emphasis on everyone to do a little something, instead of it being some big magnanimous thing, everybody just doing a little thing can help with this particular charity.”

“It seems like it’s something that can help conquer a problem that is solvable,” she said.

Fleming said that “100 percent of the proceeds go to the charity.”

Fleming said they have participated in charitable events for township school organizations, and also supported a group that purchases books for children.

“We get a lot of requests and we thumb through them to try to see which ones we can help a little bit throughout the year,” she said.

Fleming said that each Zoup restaurant’s target is to raise $1,000.

“With over 100 Zoup stores, that’s a nice contribution,” she said.

“We have a little thermometer in the back showing us where we are,” she said.

Eric Ersher, Zoup! founder and CEO, said in the release that, “One in six children in this country struggles with hunger. Our franchisees and employees are 100 percent committed to supporting No Kid Hungry. We’re confident that as our customers stop in to enjoy tasty and filling soups like our Chicken Potpie and Lobster Bisque during National Soup Month, they will rally behind us to help end this problem.”

“No Kid Hungry is excited and proud to be partnering with Zoup! to combat childhood hunger,” Diana Hovey, senior vice president at No Kid Hungry, said in the release. “Everyone—private citizens, businesses, policymakers, and nonprofits—has a role in helping end childhood hunger in America. I also encourage guests to visit NoKidHungry.org to join this national movement to ensure that every child in America has access to the nutritious food they need, every day.”

Zoup’s hours are 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (732) 867-7272 or visit zoup.com.


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