Unalaskans Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence is in the midst of hosting its annual Soup-Off event. Most local events have been reformatted over the past year due to COVID-19. The Soup-Off is no exception, as it was cancelled last year, at the start of the pandemic, and is now being held virtually to accommodate public health mandates meant to curb the spread of the virus.
Whereas the community would normally gather together in Unalaska's high school small gym to taste one another's soup recipes, this year, Unalaskans are invited to submit recipes through social media and email, according to USAFV Director M. Lynn Crane.
"There's a soup category each week," Crane said. "People can submit a recipe and, if possible, a picture of the soup to our Instagram page, or via Facebook message, or they can email it to me, and then it'll be posted on our Instagram page."
The category for the first week was soup, stews and chowders, followed by the exotic soup category. The third week was vegetarian, then seafood. And this week, which is the final week of the event, is the chili category.
Contestants have until Sunday to submit their recipes, said Crane. Submissions will be judged based on the number of likes and reviews they receive after they are posted to the nonprofit's Instagram page.
There will be a winner for each category, which will be announced later this month. And people can vote or leave reviews up until April 19.
While Crane said she isn't certain when they will be able to hold their next in-person event, USAFV is continuing to offer resources to those in need, and she encourages people to reach out.
"We've been lucky that we haven't seen the kind of explosion in demand that a lot of shelter programs have seen," Crane said. "But we do know that domestic violence and child abuse exist and occur all the time. They have increased during the pandemic — we know that for a fact. So we just want to continue to be an available resource for people."
For more information about USAFV's services or events like the Soup-Off, visit their website or call 581-1500.