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Soup it Forward Day – March 3, 2025

Soup it Forward Day is commemorated every year on March 3 to urge people to spread love and generosity with a bowl of soup. Since 2018, this day has been celebrated around the country. Deliver a therapeutic pot of your tasty chicken noodle or pea soup to a family member or friend. Maybe they’ve been sick or have had a rough time recently. In any case, a little of your homemade broth, coupled with your visit, should have them feeling right as rain.

History of Soup it Forward Day

In 2009, Sharon Hampton founded the Soup Sisters. Since then, it has functioned as a non-profit to feed those in homeless shelters, on the streets, and victims of abuse who had abandoned their homes. Soup Sisters took the initiative to register the holiday in 2018, and Soup it Forward Day was born.

Soups have been around for years. According to recorded history, it is thought to have originated in China’s Xianrendong Cave. Boiling on bark or reeds was a traditional method of removing contaminants from the ingredients. They finally realized the concept of a power mixture with nutrients from meat, vegetables, and other ingredients in one liquid after the construction of waterproof containers in the form of clay jars.

Soups and herbs of ancient medicines go hand in hand for this reason. Soups serve as both food and a supply of liquid, which aids in the maintenance of water balance in the body, resulting in improved metabolism and, as a result, better processing of other foods. Soups are a  healthy sort of meal for everyone. 

Furthermore, it is relatively simple to cook and requires considerably less time than other foods. Soups freeze well, and eating them regularly keeps people hydrated and satisfied. Because repeated boiling eliminates the majority of the germs in them, they are normally free of any germs or bacteria that could pose complications.

The fundamental idea behind National Soup It Forward Day is to think about others who are less fortunate while cooking at home. 

Soup it Forward Day timeline

The First Colonial Cookbook Is Published

In the U.S., William Parks in Williamsburg, Virginia, publishes the first colonial cookbook in 1742, which included various soup and bisque recipes.

The Restorator Opens

In 1794, a fugitive from the French Revolution named Jean Baptiste Gilbert Payplat des Julien opens a restaurant (The Restorator) in Boston, which earns him the name "Prince of Soups."

The First Soup Recipe Cookbook

Emma Ewing publishes “Soups and Soup Making,” which is the first American cookbook dedicated to soup recipes.

Condensed Soup is Introduced

John T. Dorrance, a chemist working for the Campbell Soup Company, invents condensed soup in 1897.

Soup it Forward Day FAQs

What are the two most common soup types?

Soups are divided into two categories: clear and thick. Clear soups include French onion soup and chicken noodle soup, as well as flavored consommés, broths, and stocks. Purée and Cream soups, such as cream of tomato soup or bisques, are examples of thick soups.

What is the most famous soup?

Below are some of the world’s most famous soups.

  • Laksa – Malaysia and Singapore
  • Gazpacho – Spain
  • Yayla çorbası – Turkey
  • Harira – Morocco
  • Minestrone – Italy
  • Tortilla Soup – Mexico
  • Tom Yum – Thailand 
  • Caldo Verde – Portugal

Who has the most soup in their culture?

China’s soup culture has a long and illustrious history. More than 10 soups existed in recipes as early as 2,000 years ago.

Soup it Forward Day Activities

  1. Give out some soup

    Make soup! Use this occasion to reconnect with friends and family members who have grown distant, or to reach out to others who are less fortunate in your community and offer them your homemade broth.

  2. Educate your children

    Bring your children along as you reach out to the needy with soup. Educate children on the importance of assisting and caring for others who are less fortunate.

  3. Get the word out

    Spread the word about the Soup It Forward campaign to as many people as possible. Share images and videos of yourself celebrating the holiday on social media.

5 Facts About Soup That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. First soup

    The first evidence of soup-making was discovered in 6000 B.C.

  2. Mirror, mirror in the soup bowl

    The French King was so smitten by himself in the 1700s that he had his royal chefs prepare a soup that allowed him to view his reflection in the bowl.

  3. Wrinkle shy

    The women at Louis XI's French Court ate mainly soup because they were scared of wrinkles caused by chewing.

  4. Time capsule

    In December 2010, Chinese archaeologists discovered a 2,400-year-old pot of soup with the contents still liquid.

  5. Stranger things

    It is unlawful in Nebraska for a bar to serve beer, unless they are also making a pot of soup.

Why We Love Soup it Forward Day

  1. Fill up the tum!

    Soups keep you feeling full for a long time. Soups are a great way to stay hydrated and full because they're primarily liquid.

  2. Immune system boosters

    They help to strengthen your immune system. Soups can help you avoid getting a cold or the flu, and they're also a terrific remedy for when you're sick.

  3. Soups pack nutrients

    A bowl of soup is a quick and easy method to achieve your necessary daily vegetable servings. Soups are high in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.

Soup it Forward Day dates

2025March 3Monday
2026March 3Tuesday
2027March 3Wednesday
2028March 3Friday
2029March 3Saturday

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