Motown Soup is a unique non-profit that has been making it deliciously easy to support our local Michigan charities. The 100% volunteer driven organization packages dried mixes for soups, baked goods, and dips to sell. Every dollar of the proceeds goes to support several charities across Southeast Michigan and has expanded into other communities, such as Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. Founder Dan Karlin was looking for a sustainable fundraiser and hit on the idea of a food product that would keep people coming back for more, which means more money donated. This model has allowed Motown Soup to pay forward over $500k to several local food banks, shelters, and other services over the past 11 years.
The Motown Soup operation is pretty straightforward. Volunteers meet at the Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Utica three times a week to package the mixes. Over the years they have come up with several soup varieties. Baked goods, dips, and even hot chocolate mix are now part of their catalog, which has helped expand their market and create some great gift box collections. The mixes are a breeze to prepare. Just add a few cups of water and maybe a can of tomatoes or meat and you’re all set. The pea soup mix is the perfect way to use up some leftover ham after the Holidays. The baked goods are as easy as store bought mixes.
Individual packages can be ordered as well as a variety of gift boxes; making this an easy way to give back to local charities year round. Order some for meals at home, a case for college students, dips for entertaining, and gift boxes for Christmas or birthdays. Single packets are also very convenient for camping or RV trips Up North.
Here are a few popular mixes. Visit the Motown Soup website for the full catalog and to order yours.
- Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Shiitake Mushroom Caps with Wild Rice Soup
Rainbow Bean Soup
Red Beans and Rice
Sugar Cookie Mix (with Upper & Lower Peninsula Cookie Cutters) — Great gift idea
Cheddar-Garlic Beer Bread Mix
Oat Bran Cranberry-Orange Muffin Mix
- Brownie mix in gift cone packages
- Gift box varieties ranging from $20 to $45