Detroit soup: Community recipe for reviving Motor City
18 June 2013 Last updated at 22:21 BST
The city of Detroit is drowning in debt and when money is tight for essential services such as the police and fire departments, funding for community projects is virtually non-existent.
But as the BBC's North America correspondent Jonny Dymond found out, soup, salad and community are the ingredients that one Detroit group put together to fix the city, one small step at a time.
The community events help raise money to support worthy projects in Detroit
The Detroit Soup blog offers tips on how to start a soup event here.
Produced by the BBC's Richard Fenton-Smith