Souper Jenny Owner Shares Her Soup With Those In Need

By Becca J. G. Godwin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Jenny Levison’s “Zadie Project” has donated more than 25,000 quarts of soup to organizations that serve families who struggle to make ends meet.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When asked, the patriarch behind My Dad’s Turkey Chili at Souper Jenny, a popular lunch spot serving fresh and healthy soups, sandwiches and salads at four locations around Atlanta, will deny he gave his daughter the famous recipe.

Jarvin Levison, father of restaurateur Jenny Levison, is, however, joking. The 91-year-old is well aware he gave her the recipe in 1996 after she returned from an international sojourn with a bunch of soup recipes in tow.

It just makes him laugh, his daughter says, because despite being an Emory-educated attorney for 60 years, a founding member of the Breman Museum and heavily involved in the Atlanta Jewish Federation, his mainstream claim to fame is that hearty chili.

“It became our most popular thing that we made,” said Levison.

It is also the primary funding source for The Zadie Project, a nonprofit Levison founded in 2016 to combat food insecurity with soup donations and community education on nutrition.

According to the organization’s data, nearly 30 percent of the children in Georgia don’t always know where their next meal is coming from, and the rate of food insecurity among seniors has increased 68 percent in the past decade.

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