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SWIC Foundation honors church for support of soup program

The Southwestern Illinois College Foundation recently recognized the Conqueror’s Christian Center, a family church in Belleville, as a major donor to the SWIC Soup Program that helps feed students in need.

From left, SWIC Foundation Executive Director Rena Thoele, Conqueror’s Christian Center Financial Secretary Alice Jackson and SWIC English Professor Tami Hughes. Conqueror’s Christian Center has been a major donor of ramen for the program for the last two years.

The Soup Program, which provides meals and snacks such as ramen, crackers and raisins to students in need, no questions asked, was started by Arts and Humanities faculty Hughes and Barb Hunter, Ph.D.

The food has been distributed through the Success Center since 2015. Prior to COVID, approximately 220 meals were given away to students each week. For information on donating to the Soup Program, call Hughes at (618) 301-6721 or (618) 641-5174 or email

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